Ways to Give

Giving to the Aquinas Schools Foundation

There are numerous ways to give to the Aquinas Schools Foundation. Whether you wish to make an annual gift or a special one-time gift we have a tailored giving program to meet your needs. Your generous support makes Catholic education a reality for children in our community.

The Blugold Century Club
Honors donors of $100-$499 who demonstrate an obvious commitment to Aquinas' continued excellence.

The Saint Thomas Aquinas Patron's Guild
Honors donors of $500-$999 who carry on the spirit of the patron saint of the school through their generous annual giving.

The Franciscan Society
Honors the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and their collective 1,600 plus years of teaching service to Aquinas High School. Because of their obvious commitment to Aquinas, these donors of $1,000-$4,999 are included in the club which bears the Franciscan name.

The Principals' Circle
Honors all past principals and is composed of alumni, alumni parents and friends who contribute an annual gift of $5,000 -$9,999. Like our honored former principals, these donors remain solidly dedicated to our annual growth.

The Bishop McGavick Founder's Association
Is a level of donor investments of $10,000 or more which is reflective of the true spirit of generosity embodied by the founder of Aquinas High School. It is the highest annual giving level.

Cash Gifts
The most common gift is cash. Cash gifts are tax deductible to the amount limited by law. Some employers match part or all of these gifts.

Gifts of Securities
A gift of appreciated securities lets you make a significant contribution at a reduced cost to you. Federal tax laws allow a charitable deduction for the full market value of the securities on the date of your gift.

 

Gifts of Real Estate
A residence, farm, acreage or vacant lot may have so appreciated in value that its sale would mean a sizable capital gains tax. Gifting the property eliminates this tax and allows the donor to receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the property. It is also possible to gift your home and continue to use it for your lifetime while receiving a current income tax deduction.

Memorial or Family Gifts
Commemorative gifts may be made to recognize a family or honor a loved one.

The most common way of making an appreciated gift in your estate plans is to include the Aquinas Foundation as a beneficiary in your will. A bequest can also be made by a codicil - an amendment to or modification of your existing will.

If you wish to make a gift but do not wish to give up the income on the capital involved, you may consider a Life Income Trust. There are several types of charitable trusts available.

Life Insurance
A gift of life insurance can provide a significant charitable deduction. You can purchase a new policy or donate one which you already own. You can receive a tax deduction equal to the premium if you designate the school as both owner and beneficiary of the policy. A charitable deduction for the total cash value plus future premiums you pay is allowed for "in-force" policies.

Please consult your tax advisor regarding the tax treatment of your gift.