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Planned Giving

Alum’s Generosity Shows Gratitude for St. Norbert Experience

Donn Pierce

Donn Pierce '75 came to St. Norbert College to play football. He left not only with memories of four wonderful years of football and friendships but also with a degree in mathematics and the tools to start a successful 40-year career in business. Donn feels extremely blessed and fortunate to have received a St. Norbert education and is grateful to the men and women who advised and guided him. His way of saying "thank you" to these professors, coaches and administrators is to give back generously so that others can share his experience as a student at an outstanding college.

Donn has provided financial support to the St. Norbert Fund, the Donald J. Schneider Stadium (to honor Coach Howie Kolstad), the football and baseball teams, the Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, and the Rick and Cindy Poss Math Research and Travel Endowment Fund. Dr. Poss was Donn's professor and advisor.

St. Norbert football team

Number 63 on the St. Norbert College football team, Donn Pierce was co-captain.

In addition to Donn's gracious contributions during his lifetime, he is also a member of the Anselm Keefe Society, as he has pledged to provide an estate gift to the college.

Students come to St. Norbert College because of people like Donn who support our motto: Docere Verbo et Exemplo—To Teach by Word and Example. Our alumni and friends have invested in today's students and those who follow in their footsteps, and we are grateful for their generosity and the many opportunities it brings to our community.

Like Donn Pierce, you can make a future gift to St. Norbert College to allow more students the chance to receive an exceptional education. Contact Lisa Vanden Avond ’82 at and 920.403.3059 to learn more.

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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.

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, [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."

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 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.

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 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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