STEWARDSHIP & GIVING

Regular Giving

We strongly encourage our parish families to give regularly to the needs of the parish, whether that be through weekly, monthly, or even annual gifts.  In addition to these gifts, we also have regular special collections that go out from our church. 

  • Seminary

  • Home & Foreign Missions

  • Black & Indian Missions

  • Catholic Relief Services

  • Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

  • Catholic Communication Campaign

  • Peter's Pence

  • World Mission Sunday

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development

  • Retirement Fund for Religious

Many of our parishioners have moved to Automatic Withdrawal for their weekly/monthly giving.  One of the key benefits to an electronic giving program for both the church and the contributor is convenience. In fact, the convenience factor is the primary reason cited by individuals who have elected to pay recurring bills by EFT. The same rationale is true for parishioners electing to support their church by an EFT contribution.  

 

The other key benefit for the parish is the consistency, cultivating more regular givers and a regular flow of income. You can change or cancel your giving through EFT at anytime, so you do not have to worry about changes in circumstances.

Download an Automatic Withdrawal form here & return to the parish office.  Please call Cheleigh at 402-336-1602 with any further questions or concerns.

Planned Giving

We appreciate gifts of any size, and all gifts to St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s are welcome and a very important part of the continued viability of our parish and school.

Gifts can be made by cash, check, or automatic withdrawal. You are welcome to make gifts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually, or a one-time gift.

 

Please consider direct donation, appreciated stocks and bonds, bequests, charitable remainder trusts and life insurance for the future of St. Patrick’s and St. Mary’s.  To receive more information please call Fr. Starman or Jennifer Wallwey at (402) 336-1602.

 

Planned Gift

 

  • A “Planned Gift” implies that you study your finances over a period of time and plan a gift that will benefit you and your loved ones as well as the Parish of St. Patrick’s Church and the students of St. Mary’s School. A planned gift, depending on its kind, provides a number of financial benefits to the donor:

    • Reduction of estate, income and capital gains taxes

    • Lifetime income

    • Partial tax free income

 

It is always a good idea for you to consult with your tax and/or financial advisors before making a gift.

 

Ways to Give a “Planned Gift”

 

  • Ag Commodities Gifts: One of the most beneficial gifts for both the giver and the parish/school is a gift of Ag Commodities.  With a gift of Ag Commodities, the giver is not required to recognize the sale of the gifted grain or livestock as income, and all expenses in the production of that grain or animal(s) can be written off for tax purposes. 

 

  • Gifts of Land: St. Patrick's and St. Mary's are so fortunate to be located within north-central rural Nebraska.  In this largely farm-based community, there is an abundance of land.  Landowners are asked to consider two possibilities when it comes to donating land to St. Patrick's or St. Mary's.  The first retains ownership of the land by the donor, while providing the income from that land as a yearly gift to our foundations or endowments.  The second option involves bequesting the land to St. Patrick's or St. Mary's in your will, while retaining ownership during your lifetime.

 

  • Cash: The most straightforward of gifts are made in currency or with a check or money order.  (Fully deductible on Federal Tax return, up to 50% of adjusted gross income. Proper planning could result in full deduction.)

 

  • Securities: Appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other securities. (Tax advantages when you have held securities for more than one year and if you donate them before they are sold.)

 

  • Bequests: A gift by “will” with a specific bequest (particular item), general bequest (naming the dollar amount) or residuary bequest of estate. The full amount is deductible from your taxable estate.

 

  • Life Insurance: Name St. Mary’s or St. Patrick’s as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy (you may receive an immediate charitable contribution deduction).

 

  • Financial Accounts: Arrange to designate St. Patrick’s or St. Mary’s as a beneficiary for a CD, savings account, retirement account, etc.

 

  • Charitable Gift Annuity: You irrevocably transfer an asset to St. Patrick’s or St. Mary’s and the Parish or School makes guaranteed, fixed annual payments to you for life, a set percentage of the value of the asset. When you pass away, the remaining value of the gift is used by St. Patrick’s or St. Mary’s. (Payments are fixed and guaranteed; a part of the annual payment might be tax free.) Your tax/financial advisors are your best resources for assisting you with a “Planned Gift.”

 

  • Matching Gifts: Hundreds of companies offer “Matching Gifts” to schools and parishes. When you make a gift to St. Mary’s or St. Patrick’s your company matches the gift, 1 to 1, 2 to 1, or 3 to 1. All you do is ask your company if it has a “Matching Gift” policy and if so, fill out the necessary form and attach it to your gift. Examples of companies that currently run “Matching Gifts” programs include: First Data, Microsoft Matching Gifts Program, Mutual of Omaha, Union Pacific Corporation and Western Union Foundation.

 

  • Memorials: Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s or St. Mary’s Development, or St. Patrick’s or St. Mary’s Foundation. Memorials may be made in honor or in memory of anyone. It does not just need to be alumni or parishioners.

 

  • Wish List: Wish list items include requests from the teachers and school, and the parish, for items that maybe are not 'necessary' but would be very helpful.  As this list changes regularly, please contact the Parish Office for more details 402-336-1602. 

Scholarships & Grants

Each year, St. Mary's offers both merit-based scholarships, and need-based grants to help with the cost of education.  St. Mary's is committed to the belief that no child should be denied a Catholic education because of financial hardship.

 

Scholarships are given at the end of the Academic Year for those students who have shown exceptional academic merit.  Scholarships are awarded as "tuition reductions" for the following year.

 

Scholarships are offered in the following areas :

  • Theology

  • Math

  • English

  • Science

  • Spanish

  • Fine Arts

 

Scholarships are also given for achieving the Principals Honor Roll and the Alpha Honor Roll.

If you would like to give a scholarship or grant for a St. Mary's student, contact Jennifer by email or call her at 402-336-1602.  Gifts can be made at anytime of the year, but a special program is held at the end of the school year.  We encourage you to consider giving a gift in honor of or in memory of a loved one.  It is a beautiful tribute to someone special!

Foundations & Endowments

St. Patrick's and St. Mary's have both been fortunate to maintain foundation accounts which provide financial growth and stability. Without these accounts and the very generous people who have contributed to them, it would not be financially feasable for St. Patrick's Catholic Church to operate St. Mary's Catholic Schools.

Through the generosity of the estates of Mona Shelton and Madeline Ullem, scholarship endowment accounts have been established to provide financial assistance to families who would not be able to attend St. Mary's otherwise.

 

Donations to these foundations and endowments are needed to maintain the viability of our school and the promise that no one would be turned away from St. Mary's because of an inability to pay.  Gifts to these accounts and scholarship endowments are graciously accepted anytime.  Please contact the parish office at (402) 336-1602 for further information or to make your gift.