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Why do people like making planned gifts?

Planned gifts (most commonly a donation made in your will or trust) cost nothing today and allow you to make an incredible impact, which is why so many people choose to make them.

There are some other exciting but less common gifts — scroll down to learn more!

Popular gifts for the future

See what types of gifts there are to choose from. Many people use their gift to honor a loved
one or show what’s important in their life.


Gifts in a will or trust

Donations in your will or trust are (by far) the most popular type of planned gift. Establishing a will or a trust allows you to plan for the future and take care of the people and causes that you care most about.

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Beneficiary designations

Gifting assets not covered by your will — like 401(k) or IRA accounts — may help your heirs avoid unwanted taxes, even if you’re below the estate tax threshold.

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Popular gifts for today

Many people love these donation options because they fit with their personal circumstances and financial goals.

Donor Advised Funds

Easily recommend grants to the College of Saint Benedict for tax-efficient giving.

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Donate Bitcoin, Ethereum and more to save on taxes and make a big impact.

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Stocks and securities

Many people love donating stock or mutual funds because it may help them avoid paying capital gains taxes.

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Qualified Charitable Distributions

Use your IRA to make tax-free gifts that benefit you and our mission.

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Gifts that pay you back

Give assets while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time or distributions at a later date.

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Please let us know if you’ve already included us in your estate plans!

Letting us know is incredibly helpful to our team and helps to make sure your gift is used the way you want it to be.

You can impact future generations

Generosity comes in many forms, and it’s often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most in your life. When you give to the College of Saint Benedict, you help us make a difference.

Ardeth Harth Duthoy ’52 and Everette “Ev” Duthoy ’52’s story

Ardeth (Harth) and Everette “Ev” Duthoy are keen to make solid investment choices. That inclination translates to their commitments to the annual and endowment funds at the College of Saint Benedict, where they believe students not only receive a good education but “instructions for a good life.”

“It is our belief that a good education is everything you need to build a strong future,” Ardeth explains. She and Ev learned this first-hand, when they were students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and while they were preparing their own kids (Mark, Dale, Paula, James, Mary, Teresa, Samuel and Lisa) for college. “We owe CSB and SJU for the life we have,” offers Ev. “Our college experience wasn’t only about the education. We had fun, and we met lifelong friends.”

Ardeth and Ev graduated from Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s in 1952 – she pursued sociology, and Ev graduated with a chemistry degree and became a urologic surgeon. Today, they are happy to share the rewards of their life so that current and future CSB students can have the opportunity of a residential liberal arts education.

In honor of their deceased daughter, Teresa Jean Duthoy, the Duthoys have established an endowed scholarship. In addition, they make an annual contribution to the endowed and annual scholarship fund and have included Saint Ben’s in their estate plans, which will significantly enhance the Teresa Jean Duthoy Scholarship Fund and create a legacy that honors their daughter and their love of Saint Ben’s.

The Duthoy children also contribute to their parents’ commitment to education. Ardeth and Ev have asked their children to refrain from buying them gifts for holidays or birthdays, but to give to their Saint Ben’s endowment instead.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Gifts of any size are deeply appreciated. Many people choose to leave a percentage of their estate, which scales up or down with your estate size.

Yes! Knowing in advance about your intentions is quite helpful to our staff, but you are always welcome to not share your gift.

We’ve partnered with FreeWill to help you make a will or trust at no cost to you. You can use this to complete your plans, or you may choose to use the same tools to get your affairs in order before visiting an attorney (who is likely to have a fee associated with finalizing your plans).

Yes. You are always free to revise or update your estate plans.

Yes! FreeWill will never share your personal information without your permission.

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Our team would be happy to speak with you in confidence about your giving goals with no obligation.

Name: College of Saint Benedict Planned Giving Office

Title :Tara Maas Tessmer ’14 and Katie Brand Riitters ’96

Schoenecker Commons
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Phone: 320-363-5307


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