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Lifelong Learner Spreads Passion

Carol De Groot

Carol De Groot '62

When Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive," she could have been referring to Carol De Groot. Throughout her life, Carol has remained open to the possibility offered by the next experience. How else could she have gone from serving as a Franciscan nun to becoming a world-traveling grandmother? Her path has been filled with a willingness to respond positively to what might come next, and each step has provided an opportunity for education and learning. In that spirit, Carol has committed to extending the opportunity to learn and keep curiosity alive for current and future St. Norbert College students through the Carol R. De Groot Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will aid students who have a passion for the environment and a strong interest in serving their community.

Carol De Groot

Recording information such as the turtle's length, width, number of eggs laid, tags and any body injuries.

Carol, a 1962 graduate of St. Norbert College, has loved learning, both as an educator and as a student. She has many fond memories of elementary school at St. Joseph's in De Pere, including Abbot Pennings officiating the Mass in which she received her first Holy Communion. Carol committed to becoming a nun at age 18 and was a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc for seven years. At age 25, she decided to leave the Franciscan Sisters and enrolled in the education program at St. Norbert College. As a teacher, she inspired elementary, middle and high school students for almost 40 years. At age 47, she earned her Master of Environmental Arts & Sciences degree from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay and served as an ad hoc professor, teaching science methods to education students.

Carol's interests in education, the environment and social justice steered her life in many directions. After college she got married, and as a parent she challenged her five daughters and cultivated their sense of wonder. The De Groot family hosted 14 exchange students (10 from Sophia University in Japan) between 1972 and 1988, exemplifying the value Carol places on understanding other cultures as a way to promote communio.

Carol De Groot

The tent in Kenya was on a rocky outcrop 80 feet high for protection from hyenas and other African animals.

Carol has traveled with her daughters and grandchildren, individually, on nine international science expeditions through the Earthwatch Institute, an international nonprofit organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. They studied leatherback turtles in Trinidad, African elephants in Kenya, humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins in the Pacific Ocean, and tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, and conducted archaeological digs in Italy and Mallorca.

Carol is a role model and an inspiration. She has been a longtime community volunteer as a tutor for the Literacy Center, a member of the League of Women Voters, past president of People for People (an organization that supports student scholarships) and a student in the Lifelong Learning Institute. She is a member of Amicale Francaise and currently teaches French classes once a month at the Aging & Disability Resource Center. Carol is also a member of JOSHUA, a coalition of faith groups working on social issues like prison reform, immigration, and environmental issues. She has also volunteered at Santa Maria Nursing Home for 21 years.

Carol De Groot

Tagging leatherback turtles helps to monitor their migratory habits.

Carol believes "Catholic, educated persons are the wealth of the church," and sees St. Norbert College as an integral part of the greater Green Bay community.

In addition to her scholarship, Carol has also included St. Norbert College in her estate plan by establishing a charitable gift annuity. This gracious gesture ensures that her legacy will live on and the college that she loves will continue to thrive.

To join Carol in her gracious giving, please contact Lisa Vanden Avond ’82 at 920.403.3059 or We'll help you get started on creating a plan that protects the people and causes in your life.

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

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"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to St. Norbert College [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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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.

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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

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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 St. Norbert College 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.

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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 St. Norbert College 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 St. Norbert College 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 St. Norbert College where you agree to make a gift to St. Norbert College 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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