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St. Thomas Aquinas Society

St. Thomas Aquinas

As the Church's "patron of learning," Saint Thomas Aquinas championed a philosophy based on the harmonious integration of faith and reason. Today that integration is central to the mission of The Catholic University of America, which defines itself as a "community of scholars, both faculty and students, set apart to discover the truth in all its forms." To provide recognition and to reflect our gratitude, the University offers membership in The Saint Thomas Aquinas Society to those living alumni and friends who, in accord with the legacy of Saint Thomas, wish to preserve and further that mission for generations to come, and who affirm their commitment to do so by means of a planned gift.

To be recognized as a member of the The Saint Thomas Aquinas Society you must intend to make a gift to CUA through any of the planned giving vehicles we currently administer. To confirm membership, it is helpful if you provide the planned giving office with written verification of the University's inclusion in your estate or financial plans. This may include a copy of the relevant portion of your Will or Trust agreement, a letter from your attorney, the beneficiary designation page of a life insurance policy or retirement account, or by simply returning a Bequest Confirmation Form.

As a member of The Saint Thomas Aquinas Society you will receive three issues annually of For Love of Faith and Reason our gift planning newsletter, as well as invitations to appropriate stewardship celebrations and informed of University events and milestones. Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your planned gift leaves a legacy that will benefit future generation of students at The Catholic University of America.

View the most recent issue of our For Love of Faith and Reason newsletter.

Thank you for your interest in CUA, and for your consideration of a planned gift. For further information, please contact Isabel de la Puente at 202-319-6914, Leo Gallegos at 202-319-6926, or Planned Giving at

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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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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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