Ways to Give to Support Holy Cross Retreat Center:
If you would like to consider a gift such as one of these, feel free to call Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. to talk about options.
Your gift of cash or check to Holy Cross Retreat Center helps sustain our ministries both now and in the future. Please consider making a pledge for ongoing gifts. See attached pledge form.
A charitable gift annuity is a great way to provide for your own well-being, while also supporting our religious community.
Here’s how a gift annuity works:
You make an irrevocable gift of $1,000 or more to the Province of Our Lady of Consulation.
You receive income for life, a portion of which is tax-free.
You receive a charitable deduction for a portion of your gift.
It’s that simple. Perhaps the best news is that your kindness will also assist us in our ministries and in serving our retired friars.
Here are a few more details on how a gift annuity works:
The rate of payments we make to you is based on your age—please call for a copy of our payout rates Becki Romans – Director of Major Gifts/Planned Giving (812)923-5250. Payments can be scheduled immediately or deferred until the future. One of the benefits of a deferred gift annuity is that our donors receive a higher payout rate in exchange for waiting for payments to begin. This is an attractive option if you’re planning for your retirement.
A gift annuity can be created for one or two people (called beneficiaries). Beneficiaries do not need to be related. With a two-life gift annuity, after the death of one beneficiary, the second beneficiary continues to receive the same income for as long as he or she lives. One can even create a gift annuity to benefit someone else, such as a parent or other loved one.
Remember, your gift is irrevocable. Although you will no longer have access to it, you benefit by receiving a steady stream of income at a fixed rate for as long as you live. Upon your passing, the gift can be left with the Province of Our Lady of Consulation, or designated to Holy Cross Retreat Center.
People are surviving longer and with this wonderful fact come a large responsibility. Many of us wonder if unexpected expenses such as increased medical costs await them. Expendable income may not be available as it was in the past.
Of course, our love for the Holy Cross Retreat Center never diminishes. Expressing that love in these trying times can be a challenge. Difficult decisions must be made, such as planning for your future while still supporting the Friars who many consider their extended family.
The answer may lie in a simple decision: include Holy Cross Retreat Center in your will or trust. This decision doesn’t impact your available cash today, but still expresses support for the Holy Cross as we plan for the future.
There are many ways you can include Holy Cross in your estate plan. You can make a gift for a specific amount or a percentage of your estate, or even a residual gift after your specific bequests have been addressed.
If you’ve already written your will, it’s not too late. Consider adding a codicil to your will. A codicil is like a letter’s P.S., and doesn’t demand an extraordinary amount of legal time or expense.
If, after prayerful consideration, you decide to include Holy Cross Retreat Center in your estate plans, you should know that our legal title is Province of Our Lady of Consulation. And that the wording should include “This gift is designated for Holy Cross Retreat Center.” Of course, we always encourage you to consult a trusted attorney who can help with the details. In most cases, the consultation cost is minimal.
Gifts of securities—shares of stock or a mutual fund, bonds, etc.—are often overlooked in helping support our Friars. It’s unfortunate, because the advantages of making a gift in this way are substantial.
Suppose you purchased stock in XYZ Corporation many years ago. Its value has fluctuated over the years, but it’s now valued at three times what you paid for it.
If you were to donate those shares, you’d be allowed a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of that stock—not just what you paid for it. This provision in the tax code allows you to make a significant gift to Holy Cross at a nominal cost.
There are a couple rules to keep in mind. Your stock needs to have appreciated in value, and you need to have owned it for at least a year and a day. And you must transfer that stock directly into our brokerage account. If you sell it on your own, you will be subject to tax on the capital gain.
Keep in mind that if your stock has depreciated in value, it most likely makes more sense for you to sell the stock on your own. Doing so will allow you to claim a capital loss on your tax return. You can then take the proceeds of the sale and send the cash along.
Gifts of stock are valued by taking the average of the high and low for the stock on the day we receive it and multiplying that by the number of shares. Gifts of shares in a mutual fund are valued by using the closing price for that day.
To get instructions for the transfer of stocks, please contact Becki Romans, Director of Major/Planned Giving (812)923-5250. Please let her know that the stock gift is to be designated to Holy Cross Retreat Center.
If you hold the stock certificate, please call our office for details on how to make a gift in this way.
A gift of life insurance is one of the most flexible ways you can support Holy Cross.
Many of us own policies that were purchased years ago—sometimes as far back as childhood. Those policies might be sitting in a drawer somewhere, long forgotten. Or perhaps the need for them has long since passed.
There are a few ways you can use life insurance to make a gift. The simplest way is to request a change of beneficiary form from your life insurance company and make the Province of Our Lady of Consulation, a full, partial, or contingent beneficiary. Please add a note to the policy stating that the insurance gift is designated to Holy Cross Retreat Center.
A full beneficiary designation means that at the time of your death, the value of the policy will go directly to Holy Cross. A partial beneficiary designation means that we will share the proceeds with others. A contingent beneficiary designation means that we will receive the value if a certain set of conditions is met. (For example, the friars would benefit only if a loved one predeceases you.)
In this way, a gift of life insurance allows you the flexibility to change your mind at any time, should circumstances—whatever they may be—dictate such a change.
Another way to make a gift of life insurance is to sign over a fully paid policy today. You would be allowed a tax deduction for such generosity.
All in all, a gift of life insurance ensures that new life will be made possible to many—to the retreat center and also to those whom we serve—and your life will be remembered with fondness and gratitude.
Gift of Property.
There’s nothing like it. Whether you’ve lived in your home for a few years or for a lifetime, your home really is your castle. It’s your sanctuary—a place where memories are treasured and stored.
The Friars understand the meaning of home. For every one of us, Our Friaries, are where we were welcomed into our family, and it’s also where we will leave this earth to join the Lord. Our home—our Friary—is where we, like you, find comfort at the end of the day.
Your home may be your single most valuable asset, especially if you’ve lived there for some time. It has most likely appreciated in value since it was purchased. That’s why it’s wise to consider how to handle the eventual ownership of your home as you plan your estate.
For some, the home will be passed down to children. For others, an executor will be responsible for selling the property. But there is another possibility.
Have you ever considered gifting your home through your will or trust to the Friars? We would handle the disposition of your home with loving care. Once sold, the cash received would be put to the best of uses—helping us care for our older Friars and supporting the ministries in which we’re involved. Your estate would be allowed a tax deduction in consideration of your gift.
Here’s one more idea: you can even make a gift of your home while you are still living in it. By creating a “life estate agreement,” we would eventually receive your home to benefit our community. But in the meantime you could still live in it, take care of its upkeep, pay taxes, etc., as you normally do. A tax deduction for a portion of the home’s value is allowed in this case as well.
Did you know that Americans own approximately 32 million expired savings bonds, worth about $12.9 billion, that are sitting around in drawers or deposit boxes and not earning interest? The value of unclaimed, matured savings bonds is growing by about $1 billion a year.
Purchasing savings bonds has often been seen as patriotic. But the impact is substantial: the government makes about $1 million a day in interest from this unclaimed money.
But what can we do?
If savings bonds are redeemed, tax is owed on the appreciation. If they remain in a file drawer, they generate absolutely no income for the owner. Thankfully, there are a couple solutions to this challenging situation.
Donate your savings bonds to the Province of Our Lady of Consulation through your will. You must specifically mention the bequest to the Province and that it is designated for Holy Cross. You can’t just leave it up to your executor to make that decision. The gift would make an enormous difference in our community, and it would allow you to use other tax-wise assets to make gifts to loved ones.
Cash in your bonds and pay the tax, but don’t stop there. Use the cash you receive to create a charitable gift annuity with our Province. You’ll be allowed a tax deduction to help offset the taxes you’ll owe from the redemption. AND you’ll begin receiving a steady stream of income from the gift annuity—turning a “dead” asset into income. Not a bad solution.