FAQ

Legacy giving is a way for you to make a charitable gift to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude that achieves your personal, financial, and estate planning goals, while helping the friars at the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude preach the Gospel, promote the Holy Rosary, and spread devotion to Saint Jude.

A planned gift can help you steward well your financial future. It can give you excellent tax advantages, and you may be able to make a larger gift than you otherwise could to support the mission of the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. In this way, you can maximize your gift and minimize the impact on your estate.

Yes. Your gift may be designated for any project or purpose (ie. formation and education, care of elderly friars, preaching initiatives) of the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. We would be happy to discuss your designation preferences and options with you, so feel free to contact Diana Kilarjian in the Office of Planned Giving at 646-350-0108, or email at diana.kilarjian@dominicanfriars.org.

Donors often think they have to make a seven-figure gift. You don’t. You can use stock or other appreciated assets to fund a gift that provides you income for life. For example, a gift annuity can provide you with fixed income for your life. They also think that they have to be over the age of 65 to take advantage of these vehicles, which is not the case.

Your financial situation, your income objectives, and your charitable goals will all determine the best asset for you to give. Donors frequently think their only option is to make an outright gift of cash. While this is a positive way to make charitable gifts, there are a number of other ways to donate, such as gifts of securities, corporate matching gifts, and the Saint Jude Legacy Society. Planning your gifts allows you to take advantage of the tax, financial, and estate planning benefits of charitable giving.

Choosing a gift plan that is right for you requires a great deal of consideration, including discussions with family members, your financial and legal advisers, and the Office of Planned Giving staff at the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. We will be happy to provide you with information to get you started.

A planned gift can be made in almost any form: cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, royalties. Please contact the Office of Planned Giving if you have questions about a possible donation at 646-350-0108 or email Diana Kilarjian at diana.kilarjian@dominicanfriars.org.

Yes, it is possible to receive payments from your gift to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. These “life income” gifts most often are referred to as a Charitable Gift Annuity (minimum gift amount of $10,000) or a Charitable Remainder Trust (minimum gift amount of $100,000).

Once you make a gift (of either type), the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude will invest the funds to pay you, and up to one other beneficiary, payments for life or, in some cases, for a term of years. Payments may start immediately, or may be deferred for one or more years. At the termination of the agreement, the Friars receive the remainder in the account. In most cases, you would receive an income tax deduction in the year of your gift equal to a portion of the gift amount, and you would avoid the capital gains tax for gifts of appreciated property such as stock, mutual funds, and real estate.

Yes. You will receive a deduction that is equivalent to the present value of the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude’s remainder interest in your gift. (The present value of the Shrine’s remainder interest in your gift is calculated at today’s value of the principal that will remain and be disbursed to the Shrine once the gift matures.)

A legacy gift can help you accomplish many personal, financial and charitable goals. You can set up a gift that will increase your retirement income or provide income to a spouse or loved one. Most importantly a legacy gift’s primary purpose is to align your own legacy with that which is most important to you. If you support the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude, you will provide crucial formation for future generations of Dominican priest and brothers, helping to ensure they carry out their mission of preaching Jesus Christ – and devotion to his Apostle, Saint Jude – today and far into the future. Therefore, a planned gift should not be viewed simply as an investment strategy.

Yes and yes. A bequest is the most common type of legacy gift. Bequests from wills or other estate planning documents often are the easiest gifts to make and result in significant contributions to support future generations of friars at the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. We can provide you or your advisors with suggested language for your will or other estate planning documents.

“I give, devise, and bequeath $___ OR the following asset ___ OR ___% of the residue of my estate to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude, a subsidiary of the Dominican Foundation of Dominican Friars,  Province of St. Joseph, Inc., a New York State corporation having corporate EIN 26-3273636. The Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude shall use this gift for: (examples include) its general purposes, the formation and education of friars, the foreign missions, the care of elderly friars, wherever the need is greatest. Contact us for further sample language.”

Yes. Leaving your retirement plan or IRA (or a portion of it) to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude is a tax-wise gift because naming the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude as the recipient of your retirement plan after your death (or at the death of the survivor of you and your spouse) avoids all estate and income taxes on the plan assets.

To do so, simply notify your plan’s administrator of your wish to change the beneficiary. A “change of beneficiary” form will be required. The Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude can be designated as a full or partial beneficiary of your plan. Depending on the state in which you reside, you may or may not need consent from your spouse if you designate your qualified retirement plan to come directly to the Friars at your death.

If your spouse and children are the beneficiaries of your retirement plan, you can continue to keep them as beneficiaries, and also include the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude as beneficiaries of a portion of the plan. Upon your death, the plan administrator can “cash out” the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude’s share of the account without affecting your family’s portion of the account, so that the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude, and your heirs, benefit from your retirement savings.

Yes. This is an option overlooked by many. You can name the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude as a primary, partial, or alternate beneficiary of your life insurance policy by filing a “change of beneficiary” form with the insurance company. Furthermore, if you no longer need the policy proceeds in your estate, you can transfer ownership of the policy to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude.

The Saint Jude Legacy Society recognizes our donors who have made planned legacy gifts to the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude. Through this giving society, the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude will gratefully honor our faithful friends and benefactors who have aligned their own legacy with that of Saint Jude and Our Lady of the Rosary, to help ensure that the Dominican mission of preaching Jesus Christ is carried out faithfully by future generations of Friars.

There are several straightforward ways that you can become a member of the Saint Jude Legacy Society. By naming the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude in your estate plan or as a designated beneficiary you will not only join the Saint Jude Legacy Society, but you will also be joining in and helping to further the Dominican preaching mission.

Absolutely. We’d like to talk with you about your bequest and make sure we understand how you want your gift to be used. And we would like to recognize and thank you.

A lot of people welcome the discussion. It’s always interesting and we can really help solve some difficult problems for our donors at all income levels. We can be creative and work things out. It’s a win-win situation. It gives our donors peace of mind, and it’s rewarding to help you plan your legacy. To discuss you estate plan with the Rosary Shrine of Saint Jude, call Diana Kilarjian in the Office of Planned Giving at 646-350-0108, or email her at diana.kilarjian@dominicanfriars.org.

Reach Out With Specific Questions

Please contact Diana Kilarjian in our Office of Planned Giving at 646-350-0108 or via email to diana.kilarjian@dominicanfriars.org for more information. We are happy to assist you at any time so that you can make well-informed decisions about your charitable gift planning.