Ways to Give
When you make an outright gift to St. Francis, your contribution can be put to work immediately — either providing funding for current programs or creating a reliable source of future income by expanding the tuition assistance endowment.
Cash gifts — the simplest and easiest gifts you can make — can be made through debit card transactions, outright cash, personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to the St. Francis High School.
Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds also provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to St. Francis High School before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income-tax deduction as well as helping avoid the capital-gains tax that would have been due on their sale.
If you wish to make a gift of physical securities on hand, physical stock certificates may be sent by certified mail or overnight express, with endorsement on the back of the certificate(s) exactly as stated on the face of the certificate(s). You need not complete the other blanks. No stock power is necessary as long as you do not fill in the school’s name on the back.
You also may make a gift of mutual funds, non-marketable stock, or closely held stock. Contact Patrick Lee, President/Principal, for information about giving these types of securities.
Gifts of real estate including personal residences, second homes, income property, and vacant land can offer a wide variety of tax and other benefits.
Corporate Matching-Gift Programs
An easy way to double or even triple your donation to St. Francis High School is to find out if your company has a matching-gift program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations. Simply obtain a matching-gift form from your employer’s personnel office and return it completed to St. Francis High School.
The school welcomes your gift through a pledge — a formal statement of intention to make a gift to the school. With a pledge, you may complete your gift by making regular payments over time, allowing you to give more generously than you originally may have considered. What is more, each payment on your pledge is eligible for an income-tax charitable deduction.
When you plan a gift as part of your overall estate and financial plans, you will help provide a strong foundation for the future of our young women and men. Your contribution could be applied for substantial tax and financial benefits. Please consult your attorney or tax advisor for additional information how to include St. Francis High School in your estate.