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Two-Time Alumnus Brings Giving Full Circle
The Catholic University of America is honored to welcome Brian Kennedy (B.A. '83 and J.D. '92), into the St. Thomas Aquinas Society in recognition of his generous $100,000 gift from his 401(k) to benefit the University's men's and women's lacrosse teams. Read More

Bob and Jane Dunphy

1965 Graduate’s Journey from Loyalty to Legacy
We are honored to celebrate Robert “Bob” Dunphy, BSCE ’65, and his wife, Jane, as members of the University’s prestigious St. Thomas Aquinas Society. We all have recollections that define a certain place and time in our lives. Read More

Mary Snedeker

A Life of Service
If, as Saint Augustine wrote, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page,” Mary and Tom Snedeker have read hundreds of thousands of books and filled several passports besides. The couple, at ages 91 and 102 respectively, have traveled together on almost 20 world cruises, seeing and experiencing every corner of the world.  Read More

Dr. Mary June Roggenbuck

A Model of Service and Excellence
The Catholic University of America is honored to be a beneficiary of the Mary June Roggenbuck Trust. Dr. Roggenbuck passed away on March 2, 2016. She served with distinction on the faculty of the Department of Library and Information Science for 32 years, but her teaching career and her dedication to students extended nearly 50 years.  Read More

Van and Margaret Smith

A Simple Way to Make a Big Impact
CCUA Trustee Emeritus Van Smith recollects offering the University’s then president, Rev. William Byron, S.J., the option of receiving a future $1 million life insurance policy or the available premium in cash. Read More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Catholic University of America a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to The Catholic University of America, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC 20064, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Catholic University or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Catholic University as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Catholic University as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Catholic University where you agree to make a gift to Catholic University and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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