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Harry Maier

Harry Maier

Harry Maier is a Renaissance man whose titles include journalist, business advocate, volunteer, philanthropist, family man, athlete, leader, man of faith and difference-maker within his community. He has had the honor of knowing all seven St. Norbert College presidents—and they have had the honor of knowing him. Harry attended St. Norbert College in 1947 as a returning veteran of World War II, and transferred to UW-Madison, where he received a degree in journalism in 1951. He spent 42 years in the newspaper business, including 22 years as business editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette; currently he is a freelance writer for The Business News.

From 1993 through 2004, Harry served St. Norbert College as consultant to the president for community relations. He helped plan the college’s centennial celebration in 1998, and his car still sports the personalized license plate “SNC — 100.” As a member of the college’s CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series committee, he helped select more than 128 guest speakers over a span of 20 years.

In 2004, Harry received the Distinguished Service to the College Award in honor of his many contributions.

In addition to being an enthusiastic booster for St. Norbert College, Harry supports many other community organizations. In his earlier years, they included the Bay Area Community Council, Boy Scouts, United Way, Unity Hospice, Brown County Homeless and Housing Association, Youth Resources Council, Brown County Mental Health Association, and the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners.

Currently, Harry is involved with the Allouez/Green Bay Kiwanis Club, The Salvation Army, Friends of the Brown County Library, St. Vincent de Paul and St. Patrick Church, and is one of six founders of the Green Bay Curling Club, started in 1958. Harry also is one of the founders of Co-Care Inc., which owns and operates the 86-unit Fort Howard Apartments for low-income adults.


Carolyn Barnard’s iconic painting, which was commissioned for the centennial, included her good friend, Harry Maier, riding a bike in front of Main Hall.

Beginning as a statistician in 1958, Harry held various assignments in the Green Bay Packers’ press box and smilingly calls himself “press box chief emeritus.”

Since 1993, he has served as a member of the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, which is responsible for economic development projects throughout Green Bay. He has been RDA chairman since 2002.

In 2007, Harry was named Badger of the Year by the Brown County chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Harry believes in being involved, making a difference, and giving back to the community. He is most proud of his family: his wife, Marian, to whom he has been married for 63 years; his four children and their spouses; and his nine grandchildren, three of whom attended St. Norbert.

Harry and Marian consider the college a significant community asset and are enthusiastic supporters. Harry has awarded a scholarship annually since his retirement in 2004. He and Marian have supported many St. Norbert projects, including the Mulva Family Fitness & Sports Center, which opens this spring.

Harry and Marian have also included St. Norbert College in their estate plan, which ensures that their legacy as leaders and role models will live on. Their passion to make a difference and their dedication to the college and this community are inspiring.

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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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