The most common, and simplest, way to support Saint Meinrad through a planned gift is by naming Saint Meinrad Archabbey as a beneficiary in your will or other estate planning documents. Bequests can be specified amounts, or part or all of your estate after settlement of any obligations. Bequests to Saint Meinrad generally are deductible for estate and gift tax purposes.
Sometimes people give Saint Meinrad life insurance policies that are no longer needed for the objective the policy was initially purchased to secure. Giving insurance policies often creates current income tax benefits for the donor and produces a very significant gift to Saint Meinrad. Giving a life insurance policy often is as easy as changing the owner and/or beneficiary designations through your insurance company.
Similar to life insurance, retirement plan assets sometimes are not needed for retirement and can be used to make significant, tax-efficient gifts to Saint Meinrad. In fact, with proper planning, retirement plan asset gifts can yield substantial tax savings for you and your heirs. As with insurance policies, giving retirement plan assets is often as easy as making the appropriate beneficiary designation through the plan administrator.
With this agreement, a donor transfers the title to a residence or farm to Saint Meinrad while retaining the right to live there and use the property for life. The donor may be entitled to a current tax deduction equal to the value of the remainder interest.
With a revocable living trust, a donor can provide for gifts of real estate, cash or other property to be made upon death or some other event, knowing that the assets still are available to the donor during the donor's lifetime. It allows a donor to arrange for a charitable gift without risk to his or her financial future.