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To help foster the mission of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, gifts in various ways can be made to a specific fund or to general fund in the following methods:

Gifts of Cash

A gift of cash is often the simplest way to give. The gift can be made by sending a check or money order directly to the monastery or by using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Cash gifts are deductible in the year in which the gift is made. All gifts are acknowledged.

By online giving

Click here to launch our secure, online giving site. You can give a single gift or set up a regular periodic gift. You can pay online by check or credit card.

By mail

Send check, draft or money order to:

Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict
Office of Development
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374-0220

By phone

Call 320-363-7182 and be prepared to share your credit card information, including card type, credit card number, expiration date, amount of gift and date to debit the card. The monastery accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards.

Gifts of Stock

An appreciated stock gift is almost always more beneficial to the donor than contributing cash to a charity. This is because a gift of appreciated stock generally offers a twofold tax savings:

  • First, you avoid paying any capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock.
  • Second, you receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.
  • Second, you receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift.

To transfer stocks held with a broker or certificates held by you:

  • Call the Sisters of Saint Benedict to notify us of your gift, kind of stock, the number of shares and how you wish it to be used. You will be given the name and phone number of the broker working with the Sisters.
  • Contact S. Karen Rose, OSB, development director, at 320-363-7142
  •  or S. Miriam Ardolf, OSB, donor relations, at 320-363-7174
  • Notify the Sisters when you made the transfer.

Annual Giving Programs

Annual Donors

An annual appeal is mailed each year in March and December. Gifts that are given to the annual appeal help to support the ongoing ministries of the Sisters.

Monthly Donors

Gifts may be made on a monthly basis by having the monastery debit your credit card monthly for a set dollar amount. You may designate your gift for a specific purpose. Call Sister Barbara Kort at 320-363-7182 for details.

Tributes or Memorials

A gift in honor of or in memory of a family member or friend is a special way to show your support for the mission and values of Saint Benedict’s Monastery.

A tribute gift honors a special time in someone's life—a birthday, anniversary, an honor or other memorable event.

A memorial gift, given in honor of a deceased loved one or friend, remembers the deceased person.

A card acknowledging the tribute or the memorial gift will be sent to the person or family being honored or remembered when you designate the person you wish to honor at the time of your gift. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed.

Wills/Bequests

Wills/bequests are among the simplest and most popular planned gift vehicles for supporting the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict. The will simply lists the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict as a beneficiary of the assets. You retain maximum flexibility and use of your assets during your lifetime. Bequests are generally deductible for estate and gift tax purposes.

A will/bequest can take any of the following forms:

  • Specific bequest of a percentage or an exact dollar amount of the assets, or of particular designated securities or other property
  • Residuary bequest of all or a percentage or portion of your estate, after the payments of specific amounts to other beneficiaries have been made
  • Contingent bequest to take effect only in the event that your primary beneficiaries as designated in your will have died before you

Often a bequest can be arranged simply with the addition of a codicil to amend your existing will. The wording of the bequest can be very simple:

I give the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, ______ percent of the residue of my estate, to be used by the Sisters wherever the needs are greatest. or

I give, devise and bequeath to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, (X dollars) or (X shares of stock) or (legal description of real property) to be used to further their mission. or

To make a gift of all that remains after taking care of family and other interests:

All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal property, whatsoever and wheresoever located, I give, devise and bequeath to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, to be used to further their mission.

For help in planning your will, request a Will Planning Inventory, an estate planning guide book from Sister Nina Lasceski, at 320-363-7051 or nalasceski@csbsju.edu.

As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.

Life Insurance Policies

Perhaps you would like to make a sizable contribution to the monastery to support the Sisters’ ministries in the future but you do not want to reduce the estate you will pass onto your family. The solution? Purchase life insurance. Life insurance policies can be an easy method of supporting the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict. A life insurance policy may be purchased designating the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, as a beneficiary. If an existing life insurance policy is no longer needed for the original intent for which it was purchased, the beneficiary can be changed to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict. Giving insurance policies often creates current income tax benefits as an income tax deduction for, roughly, the cash surrender value of the policy. If the policy is not fully funded, you may continue to pay the premiums and receive a tax deduction for the annual premium amount. To qualify for a federal tax deduction, one must name the monastery as owner and beneficiary of the policy which can readily be accomplished through your insurance company.

As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.

Gifts of Property/Real Estate

A gift of property, free of mortgage, alleviates capital gains tax and gives the donor an income tax deduction on the fair market value of the gift. Donors may be allowed to remove the asset from their taxable estate and give the property to charity while still living on the property.

Estate Agreement

With this agreement, a donor transfers the title to a residence or farm to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict while retaining the right to live there and use the property for life. The donor may be entitled to a current tax deduction equal to the value of the remainder interest.

For more information, contact Sister Nina Lasceski, at 320-363-7051 or nalasceski@csbsju.edu.

As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

Donors may wish to make a gift of some of their retirement assets to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict. Naming the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict as a beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) or other retirement plan assets can be an ideal way of making a future gift to the monastery for the purposes of carrying on the ministries of the Sisters. Doing so can also provide double tax benefits by avoiding estate tax and income tax that would otherwise be due if the assets were left to your heirs. As with any estate planning decision, consult your legal, financial and tax advisors for advice and information on applicable state and federal laws.