Ways to Give | Mercy College

Ways to Give

Thank you for considering a gift in support of Mercy College of Ohio. We appreciate your commitment to our values and mission and your desire to make a difference in the lives of others in the Mercy tradition. We pledge to use your contribution wisely and in the spirit it is given.

Most donations are gifts given through cash, check or credit card. However, many people prefer to hold on to their assets to be sure that they can meet their family’s future financial needs. Planned gifts are excellent alternatives to current gifts, providing security for you and your family and still offering a meaningful charitable contribution. Through thoughtful planning, individuals have contributed part of their legacy to Mercy College of Ohio. Their gift will continue to give as long as the College exists. In celebration of their contribution, their names are inscribed on our Donor Wall as members of the Mercy College Legacy Society.

Gifts are deductible from federal income tax as contributions to a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If you are interested in learning more about a plan that fits your immediate needs or more long-range goals, please contact Mike Whalen, Director of College Advancement at (419) 251-1824 or email to michael.whalen@mercycollege.edu.

Gift Options What is it? What are the tax benefits? What are some other benefits?
Real Estate Gift A donation of real   property either in full or with a retained life estate Immediate income tax deduction for the charitable value of the gift, plus no capital gains tax due Can allow you to live in your home and still receive a charitable deduction
Life Insurance Gift A gift of a new or old policy with a charitable organization named as beneficiary and owner Immediate income tax deduction for gift’s value, plus possible estate tax savings Provides a way to make a significant gift with little expenditure

 

Planned Giving Ideas What is it? What are the tax benefits? What are some other benefits?
Living Trust A trust you establish to take effect during your lifetime Possible savings in estate taxes if a charitable organization is the beneficiary of the trust remainder Terms of trust can be changed at any time
Bequest in Will A gift you make by naming a charitable organization in your will Estate tax deduction for the value of your bequest to the charitable organization Gives you flexibility in providing for your family needs first
Retirement Plan Gift A gift made by naming a charitable organization as the beneficiary after your death Avoids income tax on the plan, in addition to possible estate tax savings Preserves plan’s value and allows you to leave heirs bequests and other assets free of income tax
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust A trust that pays a set income to you or those you name before a charitable organization receives a remainder Income tax savings form deduction, no capital gains tax liability, plus possible estate tax savings Provides fixed annual income for donor or other beneficiary
Charitable Remainder Unitrust A trust that pays a variable income to you or those you name before a charitable organization receives a remainder Income tax savings from deduction, no capital gains tax liability, possible estate tax savings Provides annual income that could increase if the trust value increases
Charitable Gift Annuity A contract in which a charitable organization agrees to pay you back a percentage of your gift annually for your lifetime Immediate income tax deduction for part of the gift’s value, with capital gains spread out over your life expectancy Gives you and/or another beneficiary a set income for life at an attractive rate
Charitable Lead Trust A trust that pays an income to a charitable organization for a period of years before you or your heirs receive the remainder Gift or estate tax savings for value of payments made to the organization Allows you to pass assets to heirs intact

Please note: Mercy College of Ohio is an educational institution and does not provide tax, legal, or financial advice.  Any information on this site or shared by our staff is intended as educational.  For such advice, we strongly encourage donors to consult an attorney, tax professional, or investment professional.

Donors can give to Mercy College by either printing, completing, and mailing this form or contributing online here.