The Duchesne Society

A Lasting Gift.

Teacher playing pianoDuchesne Society members make a profound contribution to the school via deferred gifts through life insurance, IRAs, wills and trust agreements.

The society is named for St. Philippine Rose Duchesne, RSCJ, who brought Sacred Heart Education to the United States, because society members demonstrate their commitment to Sacred Heart education by planning gifts that will benefit generations to come. Such benevolence is not marked by levels of giving but by a generosity of spirit that ensures Convent & Stuart Hall will continue to meet higher aspirations with every graduating class.

To become a member of the Duchesne Society, simply notify the Advancement Office of your intentions. We can provide sample bequest language and work with you and your advisors to ensure that the terms of your bequest can be fulfilled. Above all, we want you to achieve your philanthropic and financial goals.

If you have already included Convent & Stuart Hall in your estate plans (and haven't previously notified us), please let us know. We value your close connection and deep appreciation for Sacred Heart education in San Francisco. Duchesne Society members can choose to be recognized in the school's publications or to remain anonymous, and membership involves no dues or obligations of any kind.

For more information regarding the Duchesne Society, please contact Karen Lenardi at 415.345.5803 or

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Schools of the Sacred Heart a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Schools of the Sacred Heart, a nonprofit corporation currently located at San Francisco, CA, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Convent & Stuart Hall or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Convent & Stuart Hall as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Convent & Stuart Hall as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Convent & Stuart Hall where you agree to make a gift to Convent & Stuart Hall and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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