Your Gift Can Transform the World

Making a provision in your will for L’Arche Chicago creates a legacy of peace-building and community centered care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Your gift will provide the means for core members to live in healthy and supportive communities in which their gifts can be treasured and shared with the community.

These gifts in the core members and assistants provide a fountain of peace and solidarity that transforms the world one heart at a time.

Designations in your will for L’Arche Chicago make possible long-term sustainability and lifelong relationship for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities and those who share life with them. Your gift will provide formation programs that nurture assistants, health and human services for core members, and more. 

Become a member of the L’Arche Legacy of Peace and your gift will impact the world through L’Arche.

Language You Can use In Your Will

Gifts by will offer the best, or in some cases, the only method of making a significant philanthropic contribution. The following examples of wording may be helpful;

  • Outright Bequest

“I give, devise, and bequeath to L’Arche Chicago ________ dollars ($_______) to be used for its general purposes.”
(Instead of a dollar amount you can indicate a percent (____%) of your total estate, or specifically describe the property to be given.

  • Residual Bequest

I give, devise, and bequeath to L’Arche Chicago ________  percent (___%) of the residue of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

  • Contingent Bequest

“In the event that ______ predecease me, I give, devise, and bequeath his/her bequest or share to L’Arche Chicago to be used for its general purposes.”

While making a bequest to L’Arche Chicago is simple, we encourage you to contact your attorney or professional advisor in order to make certain that your intentions are clearly stated in your will so that your wishes may be truly fulfilled at the time of gift transfer.

We are also available to speak with you and provide any assistance.

For information, please contact L’Arche Chicago at 708-660-1600 or by email at

Not ready to make a bequest but still want to partner with L'Arche?
Consider joining our monthly giving community, L'Arche Chicago Impact.