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Supporting Tomorrow's Students

Increasing Tuition Assistance is Focus of Family's Planned Gift
Stephen Ronczy and his wife, Jean Linn, found in St. Pius X High School the combination of diversity and social justice they had been seeking for their son, Jeff '10.

"We wanted a school for our son that was more of the real world our children will live in," Jean said. Embracing the accepting and diverse culture at SPX, the family was concerned to learn that a St. Pius X education could become out of reach for some of its students.

"Jeff came home during his junior year downcast," Jean recalled. Several of his friends would not be returning to SPX in the fall because they could no longer afford the tuition. Steve and Jean contacted the Advancement Office to see what they could do to help.

Jeff's friends' predicament reinforced in the Ronczys a desire to make sure that students from all backgrounds could continue to come to SPX. Through conversations with the Advancement Office, they learned that the St. Pius X High School Foundation, which manages the School's endowment, makes annual grants to SPX to support tuition assistance. The grants increase as the endowment increases, and one important means of increasing the endowment is through estate gifts.

Armed with that knowledge and bequest language provided by the Advancement Office, Jean and Steve soon revised their wills to include a bequest to the SPX Foundation. Their bequest will make tuition assistance funds available to all qualified SPX students and is not restricted to Catholics-a testament to the culture of acceptance fostered at SPX.

Reflecting on their decision, Jean and Steve concluded, "Throughout our son's years at St. Pius X, we appreciated the cultural and economic diversity of the student body. Through planned giving, we can provide opportunities to others to maintain St. Pius' unique environment."

To learn how you can make a gift in support of future SPX students, please contact Monica E. Clem at 713.579.7500 or clemm@stpiusx.org.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to St. Pius X High School 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 the St. Pius X High School Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for [stated 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 SPX 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 SPX 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 SPX 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 SPX where you agree to make a gift to SPX 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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