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Veritas Society for Planned Giving

Do not forget that the future of humanity is in the hands of those… who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism.
- St. John Paul II


For 57 years, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield have touched the lives of thousands of students at Marian Catholic High School. Their work has created lasting partnerships with faculty, parents, and benefactors, providing Catholic education benefitting generations past and those to come.

As we confront current challenges and prepare to serve future generations, we know that the generosity of our benefactors will continue to make a difference. That is why we invite your consideration of a planned gift to support the Dominican teaching mission at Marian Catholic High School.

Planned Giving creates a legacy that will extend your generosity into the future, confident that the values and assets you developed during your lifetime are passed on according to your wishes. With little or no current financial impact on you, this caring act may result in the largest and most lasting gift you ever make to the school. The lives that are touched at Marian Catholic, and the potential they hold, can be your legacy.

Our benefactors and friends often express that they have invested so much in Marian Catholic that they feel a further commitment to "see it through" with a planned gift in order to be sure the school and its Catholic education mission continues. However, an estate gift may also become the first and only gift to the school, acting upon the emotional impact of the Marian connection over a lifetime.

Any investment in Marian Catholic becomes a long-term investment. Gifts flow directly to the young people served while they are students, and help form the faith-based, academic foundation that prepares our young women and men for a lifetime built upon their formative high school years, becoming scholars and alumni with a soul.


At Marian I learned how to lead, for want of a better term, an honorable life. I would like to think that whatever misfortunes may befall me, that sense of honor and duty that I learned at Marian would stay with me. The short of it is that I made a bequest to Marian in my Will in hopes that others may also benefit from an education at Marian Catholic High School in the way I did. - Thomas W. Sadler ‘65

A properly planned estate or deferred gift to Marian Catholic High School offers potential tax and other financial benefits for your estate and heirs. It is important that you consider how charitable gifts might impact your overall estate plan, so it is wise to consult your attorney and other professional financial advisors.

“Estate” is the legal term that describes all of your possessions and property. Estate planning can and should be as important as retirement planning. Anyone, at any age, can benefit from an estate plan. Your estate plan puts you in control of how your assets are ultimately distributed. Estate planning is ongoing as one considers taxing implications and charitable directions for gift planning. You may provide an unrestricted gift or direct your gift to a specific area of school life.

When you have completed your estate plan, and provided for a gift to Marian Catholic, simply inform the Office of the President in writing that Marian Catholic has been included in your estate plans.

Documentation of your planned gift is very important and much appreciated. For example:

  • A copy of the pertinent provisions of your will or trust,
  • A copy of the life insurance policy which names the school as a beneficiary, or
  • A letter from your attorney stating that you have, indeed, included Marian Catholic High School in your estate gift planning.

With such documentation, participants are enrolled in The Veritas Society. Of course, you have the option to remain anonymous.


Bequests/Wills – The charitable bequest is the simplest of all planned gifts. It offers a straightforward opportunity to make a substantial contribution to further the work and mission of the Dominican Sisters at Marian Catholic without drawing on your resources. It involves adding a clause to your will or trust that states that you give a percentage or the remainder of your estate to Marian Catholic High School.

Beneficiary Designations – You may name Marian Catholic High School as a beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy, a Retirement Fund, IRA, 401(k) or Keogh Account, a Savings Account, or a Certificate of Deposit.

Trusts and Annuities – These options provide a means of making a significant gift while retaining a life income. Along with federal tax benefits, there are corresponding restrictions. A financial planner, personal attorney, or tax consultant should be contacted to determine the best plan for you.


The Veritas Society for Planned Giving was established to provide continuing support to the Dominican Teaching Mission of Marian Catholic High School and invites the participation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends.

The Veritas Society recognizes benefactors who have remembered Marian Catholic High School in their wills and estate plans. The Dominican Sisters and the entire Marian Catholic Community gratefully acknowledge the generosity and vision of those who invest in the educational legacy of Marian Catholic High School.

Planned giving is a commitment. It is a conscious commitment to Marian Catholic to provide funding to the school in order that Marian may continue its work in providing the very best Catholic education to its students. In my case, I have chosen to support Marian both during my lifetime and after my death, in naming Marian Catholic the beneficiary of a very affordable insurance policy. It is an opportunity for me to leave a legacy to insure that Marian Catholic will be able to continue to provide the finest in college preparatory academic education, while nurturing a strong spiritual lifestyle. It is also, for me, a gift of gratitude. - Catherine Schulze Coll ’68

Appreciation and Benefits Include:

  • The certainty that your estate gift will significantly impact the school and generations of Spartans
  • The satisfaction of sustaining Dominican sponsored Catholic education
  • Permanent recognition within the school
  • Formal listing in Marian Catholic publications by name or anonymously as “a Friend”
  • An invitation to Major Benefactor Events hosted by the Dominican Sisters, the President and the Board of Directors
  • Federal and state estate tax and income tax savings
  • A legacy is established in your name

Marian Catholic High School has produced this information to assist you in the consideration of an estate or planned gift. MCHS does not provide or purport to provide legal, tax or financial planning counsel. You are urged to consult and rely upon the opinion of qualified legal, tax and financial planning advisors before acting on any of the concepts described here.

Estate planning information provided to the school will be kept confidential to the extent the benefactor wishes, and enrollment in The Veritas Society may be anonymous.

For further information about Planned Giving please contact the Vice President of Advancement, Dan Kozlowski, at 708-996-4652