Direct monetary gifts are accepted in the form of checks, charges or money orders. Payments can be made to the Advancement Office at St. Rita High School. You can also make a gift online using a credit card. Please contact a member of the Advancement Office for more information on giving or making a pledge.
Another way benefactors may choose to help the students of St. Rita High School is through gifts-in-kind. The value of these gifts is included in the respective individuals’ total giving during a respective fiscal year. Following is a small sampling of these types of gifts that were received in the past includes:
- Sporting Event Tickets to be auctioned at the Valentine’s Dinner Dance, Winterfest or Golf Outing
- Legal Services
- Construction Services
- Electrical Services
Please contact a member of the Advancement Office if you have questions about what types of services are needed, and how to give an in-kind gift.
Check with the human resources office at your place of employment for a matching gift form, and enclose it with your contribution. Your annual total giving record in the annual report will be soft credited for the amount of your company’s matching gift.
Many corporations take part in an annual United Way giving program. Did you know that you can designate your contributions to be sent to St. Rita? Contact the Advancement Office for more information or talk to your company’s United Way Coordinator.
There are various types of Planned Gifts that you can use to assist St. Rita High School including, bequests and life insurance. Some Planned Gift additional options that St. Rita is working to accept include:
- Charitable Gift Annuities – payments to donors begin as soon as the gift is made, and donors receive immediate tax deductions.
- Deferred Gift Annuities – the donor has flexibility in determining the start date of payments. For example, if the gift is made at age 50, the donor may choose the starting date of the payments anytime between the ages of 55 and 80. Charitable deductions are available immediately.
- Real Estate – generous benefactors have used various vehicles to donate appreciated real estate to St. Rita High School in the past. Please contact the Advancement Office to learn more about how you can assist our students through a gift of real estate.
When considering a gift to St. Rita High School, donors often think of giving cash. However, because of the enhanced tax benefits, other kinds of assets (stock and real estate) are used to make gifts. If you gift St. Rita High School with stock, please be sure to include your name, the name of the stock, the number of shares and the date of the transfer. Please notify John Schmitt via email or phone at (773) 925-6600 x6629 when considering a stock transfer to St. Rita High School so that you have the proper account information.
If you gift St. Rita with a stock certificate that is already in your name, please call us for a stock power document. Your stock certificate will have to be signed and dated by those whose names are on the certificate, and we will need a brief note indicating your intentions of transferring the stock to St. Rita High School.
In Memory or Honor
Many families have chosen to make gifts to St. Rita High School In Memory of (IMO) a loved one, or to send St. Rita High School gifts In Honor of (IHO) an individual. The Advancement Office can assist in establishing either IMO or IHO funds.
We invite your partnership in continuing the fine heritage of St. Rita of Cascia High School by becoming a member of The 1905 Guild. This honorary society celebrates the traditions of St. Rita of Cascia High School and its legacy to the future. It is comprised of generous benefactors who have provided for St. Rita in their estate plans in the way of a will, life-income agreement, charitable remainder trust, gift annuity, life insurance policy, or remainder interest in a residence or farm. By remembering St. Rita this way, alumni, parents, and friends are able to become perpetual partners with the school while also being involved in its contemporary work during their lifetimes.
We chose to name the society The 1905 Guild to celebrate when our tradition of excellence began on the Southside of Chicago. That year – 1905 - Fr. James F. Green, O.S.A brought the Augustinian core values of Truth, Unity and Love to 63rd and Claremont. During the 105 years since, the school has relocated to 77th and Western, and over 23,000 men have benefitted from these core values.
We honor and thank all farsighted individuals who are part of The 1905 Guild. We are grateful for their commitment to the ideals of Augustinians and St. Rita High School’s mission of excellence that is continuing to thrive today.
Tix4Cause.com is a ticket exchange website, allowing ticketholders to donate unwanted sports and entertainment tickets and give 100% of the proceeds to St. Rita of Cascia High School.
You simply post your tickets on tix4cause.com and, when they sell, St. Rita receives 100 % of the proceeds and you receive a notice of your fully tax deductible donation. Ticket BUYERS also benefit by dealing with the lowest cost tickets.
In the News
Congress Passes Bill Allowing Contributions from Individual Retirement Account
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy – December 17, 2010
“The tax deal also will allow people age 70 1/2 and older to channel up to $100,000 a year from individual retirement accounts tax-free to charities in 2011. Such a break was in place for 2009, but Congress had not acted to extend it for 2010.
Under the measure passed last night, not only would such donations be tax-free for any gift made in 2010 but also donors would be allowed to make retirement-account gifts through the end of January and still count them in their 2010 taxes.”
As a 501 (c) 3 recognized charitable organization, gifts to St. Rita of Cascia High School are eligible. Please consult your professional tax advisor to see if you are eligible to take advantage of this legislation.