The St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School Annual Fund is a financial cornerstone to the school’s continuing growth and excellence.
Simply said, the Annual Fund helps us deliver on our promise to educate our diverse students into men and women who “communicate Christ in all they say and do.”
Your participation in the Annual Fund supports three critical school priorities:
Attracts and retains the best and the brightest teachers. Your involvement will help develop our dedicated faculty and provide all SFXP students with the best possible academic education.
Enhance student offerings by funding co-curricular programs, such as campus ministry, athletics, music, yearbook, art, theater, clubs, community service opportunities and more, providing a superior educational environment in and out of our classrooms to prepare students for challenges they will face as they grow into adulthood.
Sustains our financial aid program to ensure a quality, Catholic education is accessible to all deserving young students who desire it.
Additionally, the Annual Fund benefits every family that walks through our doors by bridging the more than $3,000 gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating a student essentially providing a “hidden scholarship” to each and every student. Your partnership in the Annual Fund allows us to stay true to our mission to serve varied academic needs and diverse socio-economic backgrounds by remaining affordable to as many families as possible.
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School relies on the generosity of donors-parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends to create a strong Annual Fund that sustains, enriches and completes our dynamic and rigorous learning environment.
Your gift, regardless of size, strengthens the school’s participation rate and demonstrates a vote of confidence in the St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School educational experience.
Join us in creating a strong Annual Fund by making your tax-deductible gift today.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match, double, or even triple charitable contributions made by their employees. If your donation is eligible for a matching gift, either fill out your company’s online form or request a form and send the completed form to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School. We will verify your gift and submit the form to your company.
Honors & Memorials
We welcome gifts made in Honor or Memory of a special person in your life. You will be able to provide the name of the person or persons that your gift is in Honor or Memory of when making a gift online.
Gifts of Assets and Planned Giving
There are numerous opportunities for you to invest in facilities, programs, and services.
In all cases, your gift becomes an investment in the lives of talented and promising young men and women. Review how you can make a difference today.
Cash is the simplest donation and provides SFXP with immediate benefits.
Cash is acceptable in any form. Checks shall be made payable to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.
Gifts of cash can be deducted against a larger portion of your taxable income than can gifts of appreciated assets (50% vs. 30% for example).
Gifts of real estate may include developed property, undeveloped property, or gifts subject to a prior life interest.
Tangible Personal Property
All other gifts of tangible personal property shall be examined in light of the following criteria: Does the property fulfill the mission of the school? Is the property marketable? Are there any undue restrictions on the use, display, or sale of the property? Are there any carrying costs for the property?
Publicly Traded Securities
Marketable securities may be transferred to an account maintained by St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School with a brokerage firm or delivered physically with the transferor’s signature or duly executed stock power attached. In some cases marketable securities may be restricted by applicable securities laws; in such instance the final determination on the acceptance of the restricted securities shall be made by the Gift Acceptance Committee.
You are encouraged to make a bequest to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School using your will and trust. Such bequests will not be recorded as gifts to the SFXP until such time as the gift is irrevocable. When the gift is irrevocable, but is not due until a future date, the present value of that gift may be recorded at the time the gift becomes irrevocable.
Charitable Gift Annuities
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School may offer charitable gift annuities. The minimum gift for funding is normally $10,000. The minimum age for life income beneficiaries of a gift annuity shall be 65. Where a deferred gift annuity is offered, the minimum age for life income beneficiaries shall be 45. No more than two life income beneficiaries will be permitted for any gift annuity. Generally, annuity payments may be made on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual schedule.
Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School must be named as both beneficiary and irrevocable owner of an insurance policy before your life insurance policy can be recorded as a gift. Your gift is valued at its interpolated terminal reserve value, or cash surrender value, upon receipt. If you contribute future premium payments, SFXP will include the entire amount of the additional premium payment as a gift in the year that it is made.
Charitable Remainder Trust
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School may accept designation as remainder beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust with the approval of the Gift Acceptance Committee. SFXP will not accept appointment as Trustee of a charitable remainder trust.
Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designation
You are encouraged to name St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School as beneficiary of your retirement plans. Such designations will not be recorded as gifts to SFXP until such time as the gift is irrevocable. When the gift is irrevocable, but is not due until a future date, the present value of that gift may be recorded at the time the gift becomes irrevocable.
Charitable Lead Trust
St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School may accept a designation as income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust. SFXP will not accept an appointment as Trustee of a charitable lead trust.
IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts Permanently Extended
Use Your Traditional IRA to Make Your Charitable Gifts in 2016
As you plan your minimum required distributions for this year,
if you do not need the money the government is requiring you to take,
consider using it for a charitable gift using the IRA Charitable Rollover.
In 2006 Congress made a change to the tax law that allows individuals age 70½+ to make charitable gifts directly from a traditional IRA account to charity without incurring federal income tax on the withdrawal. Many people have not heard about this option for making charitable gifts because it would expire every two years and need to be renewed by Congress.
H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, changed all that, making this provision a permanent, rather than temporary, part of the tax code (to the extent anything is permanent in the tax code). The IRA Charitable Rollover provides you with an excellent opportunity to make gifts during your lifetime from an asset that would be subject to multiple levels of taxation if it remained in your taxable estate.
- You must be age 70½ or older at the time of gift.
- Transfers must be made directly from a traditional IRA account by your IRA administrator to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School. Funds that are withdrawn by you and then contributed DO NOT QUALIFY. Gifts from 401k, 403b, SEP and other plans do not qualify.
- Gifts must be outright. Distributions to donor-advised funds or life-income arrangements such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities are not allowed.
Benefits — qualified charitable distributions
- Can total up to $100,000.
- Are not included in your gross income for federal income tax purposes on your IRS Form 1040 (no charitable deduction is available, however).
- Count towards your minimum required distribution for the year from your IRA.
Suppose John has $500,000 in an IRA and he also wants to contribute $20,000 to SFXP. He can authorize the administrator of his IRA to transfer $20,000 to SFXP and $5,000 to himself. The $20,000 distributed to to the school will not be subject to federal tax and will be counted toward his annual minimum required distribution.
Frequently Asked Questions
H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 has permanently extended the IRA Charitable Rollover. Originally passed in 2006 as part of the Pension Protection Act, the IRA Charitable Rollover allows individuals age 70½ and older to make direct transfers totaling up to $100,000 per year to 501(c)(3) charities, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes.
Individuals who are age 70½ or older at the time of the contribution (you have to wait until your actual 70½th birthday to make the transfer).
How much can I transfer?
$100,000 per year. The provision no longer has an expiration date.
From what accounts can I make transfers?
Transfers must come from your IRAs directly to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School. If you have retirement assets in a 401k, 403b etc., you must first roll those funds into an IRA, and then you can direct the IRA administrator to transfer the funds from the IRA directly to SFXP.
To what charities can I make gifts?
Tax exempt organizations that are classified as 501(c) (3) charities, including St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School.
Can I use the IRA Charitable Rollover to fund life-income gifts (charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or pooled income funds), donor advised funds or supporting organizations?
No, these are not eligible.
Can I use the IRA Charitable Rollover to support something specific like tuition assistance or the music department (or other)?
Yes, all IRA Rollover gifts can be used to support any important need.
How will St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School count the gift?
We will give you full credit for the entire gift amount.
What are the tax implications to me?
- Federal — You do not recognize the transfer to St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School as income, provided it goes directly from the IRA administrator to us. However, you are not entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for your gift.
- State — Each state has different laws, so you will need to consult with your own advisors. Some states have a state income tax and will include this transfer as income. Within those states, some will allow for a state income tax charitable deduction and others will not. Other states base their state income tax on the federal income or federal tax paid. Still other states have no income tax at all.
Does this transfer qualify as my minimum required distribution?
Once you reach age 70½, you are required to take minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA Charitable Rollovers count towards your minimum required distribution from the IRA for the year.
Can my spouse also make an IRA Charitable Rollover, even if we are married and file jointly?
Yes, every individual can use the IRA Charitable Rollover for up to $100,000 each year.
How do I know if an IRA Charitable Rollover is right for me?
You are at least age 70½, and:
- You do not need the additional income necessitated by your minimum required distribution, OR
- Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR
- You do not itemize deductions, OR
- You are subject to income phase-outs on your income tax deductions.
What is the procedure to execute an IRA Charitable Rollover?
We offer a sample letter you can send to your plan provider to initiate a rollover. Please contact us when you direct the rollover so we can look for the check from your IRA administrator.
For more information, please contact Mrs. Jennifer Canzano in the Development Office.