Planned Giving, Tax Credits, SCRIP, Online Donations
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Thank you for your consideration in supporting the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. The support of donors is vital to our success in carrying out our mission:
“The Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools is a regional college preparatory Roman Catholic school system, from Preschool through Grade 12. We are committed to providing spiritual inspiration, exceptional academics and extra-curricular activities as all of us strive “to serve Christ” (Christo Sevire).”
There are many ways that you can support the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. Whether you would like to make a one-time donation, learn more about the EITC program for business tax credits, place a SCRIP order to go towards your child’s tuition, or start looking at planned giving, there is information here to help you make an informed decision. Explore the pages in this section to learn more about the variety of giving programs available to help the KCFS.
Please contact our President, Melissa Joseph with any questions or to learn more about ways you can support the mission of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools.
A planned gift is one way to look ahead to the future, organize your affairs, and make a gift to the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools. We are delighted that you have interest in learning more about this form of donation as it can require more thought and foresight than the average gift. Planned giving is a means of “leaving a legacy”, that involves arranging donations to serve the future interests of the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, which suits the personal, financial, and tax situation of the individual donor.
- Named Facilities – A building or an area of the school, which include classrooms, library, auditorium, gymnasium, athletic field and offices.
- Named Programs – An area that incorporates your special interests with the programs of the KCFS. An example could be training/education programs for teachers and staff.
- Named Scholarships – An investment in providing and helping students who will continue their education, or taking college courses while a student here. You can designate how the scholarship recipients are to be chosen so that your interests and values are perpetuated.
- Undesignated Gifts – Many donors wish to remain anonymous or want their gifts to be used to support KCFS’s ongoing educational programs, including building projects and continuing education.
Planned giving items can be funded with:
- Securities i.e.; stocks, bonds, mutual funds, other investments
- Real Estate i.e.; house, land, building
- Life Insurance
For advice and assistance relating to a planned gift, please consult with your Attorney and or Tax Advisor.
Methods of Planned Giving
The bequest is the most common form of planned giving. With a bequest, you may make provisions for KCFS in your will, designating either a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to the school. Whatever the amount, bequests to KCFS are entirely free from federal estate tax and the estate and inheritance taxes of most states. Bequests should be prepared and executed with your attorney’s assistance.
Gifts of Real Estate
Real estate may provide a convenient way to support KCFS. You may contribute real estate as an outright or deferred gift. For example, with a life estate agreement, a donor can make a gift of a home or farm while retaining life tenancy. Gifts of real estate should include a letter of transmittal with instruction for use of the gift.
Gifts of Life Insurance
You may assign KCFS as a beneficiary, co-beneficiary, or a secondary, remainder, or residual beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Annual dividends also may be assigned to KCFS. When KCFS is named as owner of a policy and/or the irrevocable beneficiary, the cash value of the policy may be deducted on your income tax return. The premiums paid thereafter also are income tax deductible.
Charitable Lead Trust
Also known as a charitable income trust. It is the converse of a charitable remainder trust. Whereas a remainder trust pays the income to noncharitable beneficiaries and then distributes the remainder to charity, a lead trust pays the income to charity and distributes the remainder to noncharitable beneficiaries.
Pooled Income Fund
Under the guidelines of the fund, money is irrevocably transferred to the fund, where it is invested together with similar gifts from others. Each beneficiary receives his or her share of the pooled income fund’s deductible income each year. This form of giving provides an immediate charitable deduction, offers income for life and eliminates estate taxes on the amount contributed.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
The charitable remainder annuity trust shares many features with the unitrust, the principal difference being the manner of calculating the payment to the income beneficiary. If you wish to guarantee a fixed dollar income each year, the annuity trust offers you that option. This amount must equal a sum of not less than five percent of the initial fair market value of the gift in trust. In most cases, you will wish to receive the income for your lifetime. You also may wish to provide for your spouse or another beneficiary. When the beneficial interest in the annuity trust ends, the principal goes to KCFS to accomplish the goals you specify at the time of your gift. No additional contributions may be made to an annuity trust, but you may establish more than one.
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
The charitable remainder unitrust is a gift that pays you income for life and can also provide income for a successor beneficiary for life. It provides an immediate tax deduction, freedom from estate taxes. A charitable remainder unitrust provides for a fixed percentage of return of not less than five percent of the value of the trust’s assets valued annually. Because of that annual valuation, the payout to the donor will rise and fall with the economy. The rate of return is agreed upon at the time you establish the unitrust, however, the higher the rate of return the smaller the charitable deduction. When the beneficial interest in the unitrust ends, the principal goes to KCFS to accomplish the goals you specify at the time of your gift. Additional contributions may be made to a unitrust.
Charitable Gift Annuity
The Charitable Gift Annuity is a simple contract between you, the donor(s) and the KCFS/(Underwriting Company). Your tax deductible gift will be used to fund an annuity that will guarantee you lifetime income, and then upon death, the principal goes to KCFS.
Begin the Planned Giving Process
To confirm your planned gift intentions, please contact Director of Finance, Bill Blum with any questions on this or other giving programs.
Giving Made Easy
Listed below are some ongoing programs we have set-up to make giving to the school easy by taking the money you normally spend and having a portion of it donated to KCFS.
Raise Money / Earn Tuition Credit through our Scrip Program
Scrip is gift certificates from national and local retailers including gas stations, grocery stores, clothing stores, and restaurants. With each gift certificate you purchase, a percentage of the money goes directly to your child’s tuition. The beauty of scrip is that you put your regular household shopping dollars to work. You earn money towards your tuition without spending a single additional penny.
To purchase Scrip online:
- First, be sure to complete the Scrip Enrollment Form (linked above) and return to the school.
- Go to the website: www.shopwithscrip.com
- Click on the link “Join Your Existing Program” where you will be asked to enter an enrollment code.
The code for KCFS/SVCSS is: 6E2955734683
- Follow the online instructions to create an account and complete orders
Shop with AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchase is donated to SVCSS
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support us every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to KCFS! Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. If you already have an Amazon.com account, you use the same account at AmazonSmile, no need to set up a new account. When prompted at AmazonSmile, please choose The Shenango Valley Catholic School System as your charitable organization.
Join Shoparoo and earn money with your receipts
Shoparoo is a free mobile app that lets you earn cash donations for any school you choose, just by taking pictures of your shopping receipts. It’s that easy and just takes a few seconds. The best part is that it doesn’t matter where you shop or what you buy – every receipt counts!
Testimonial from the Miller Family
When the transition to remote learning took place our local public school took 2 weeks to begin learning from home. Kennedy was ready in a day. After the first week of everyone adjusting to the new learning environment Glenn excelled and made highest honors the second two grading periods.
Glenn really enjoyed his teachers and they were readily available to him during the remote learning experience.
– The Miller Family: Dr. Glenn, Roberta and Glenn
Current KCHS Parents
Testimonial from the Gealy Family
The dedication of the faculty at SJPII has always been exceptional, however it was on full display throughout this past year. Mrs Tiefenthal was available whenever we had questions- not just during typical school hours. The classes that were continued transferred seamlessly to remote learning. We especially enjoyed the zoom story times and virtual field trips. I believe that we were given enough tools to keep our children on track and in a way that I was not left feeling overscheduled. This was important to me because as I worked from home and at the office, we were able to complete the assignments at our convenience. I take comfort in knowing that the Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools has proved the ability to adjust the classroom accordingly to these uncertain times.
-The Gealy Family: Michelle and Maryleigh
Current SJPII Parent
Testimonial from the McGoff Family
I’m so thankful for the St John Paul II elementary family! The teachers are wonderful and go above and beyond to help all of their students. The teachers are easily accessible for questions or problems. Because the parent teacher connection is so great, the transition to remote learning was so smooth. Messages from the school and teachers were received multiply times a week to keep us updated.
– The McGoff Family: Robert, Elizabeth, Isabella, Gabriella and Mirabella
KCHS Alumni and SJPII Parents
Testimonial from the Rosa Family
The thing that stands out to us in addition to an amazing education, is the family feeling you get from being part of this school system. Starting with the teachers and administrators, they go above and beyond to make sure each student is getting exactly what they need to succeed. Whether it is the principal putting on a band-aid or a devoted teacher staying after school and working during the summer tutoring a struggling child. They really care. We are so happy we chose the KCFS for our children.”
– The Rosa Family: Lewis, Elizabeth, Abby and Andrew
Former KCFS Board & Committee Member & KCFS Parents
Testimonial from Carol Shields, M.D.
“Kennedy Catholic welcomed me into its wonderful nurturing environment. Kennedy planted the seed of my career and taught me discipline, integrity, and loyalty – 3 assets for success. That opened the door to an excellent University, then Medical School, and now blossomed into a top tier medical practice in Philadelphia. My roots remain at Kennedy.”
– Carol L. Shields M.D., Class of 1975
Ocular Oncology Service, Co-Director Wills Eye Hospital