As a private Catholic school, Academy of the Holy Names does not receive financial support from the local tax base or from state government, and depends entirely on tuition plus the generous support of alumnae, parents, parents of alumnae, corporate donors, and friends.
There are many ways to support Academy of the Holy Names, and every gift makes a difference and is greatly appreciated!
If you have a donor-advised fund (DAF), you know it is a unique giving tool. At any time, you can recommend a distribution to us. Your gift comes from funds you have already set aside for charitable purposes; so, there is no impact on your current budget. Please let us know if you are considering a distribution from your donor-advised fund.
Charitable contributions using retirement assets also provide a tax planning opportunity during an individual’s lifetime, assuming the donor does not need to rely on said retirement assets in the future.
Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) are available for individuals over 70½ years old to donate up to $100,000 in IRA assets directly from the financial institution to the charity annually, without taking the distribution into taxable income. Consider making a QCD from your IRA to satisfy all or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) by making a gift to Holy Names. Don’t forget, your QCD and RMDs have to be completed before year-end so make sure to consult with your financial advisor to determine the correct procedure to accomplish the gift.
As always, we recommend you consult with your financial planner/tax advisor before initiating any contributions relating to retirement assets or in relation to year end tax planning. Your advisors will need to ensure that documentation is properly executed, the charitable contributions are in agreement with your overall financial planning and the contributions are reflected correctly on your tax return. Any references to tax deductions are applicable only to federal income tax and your tax advisor should be consulted as to applicability to state income taxes.
In most cases, donors with individual retirement accounts must begin making withdrawals at a certain age and are subject to income tax. But the U.S. tax laws now permit donors to make charitable withdrawals from their IRAs of up to $100,000 per year starting at the age of 70 ½. If the donor transfers the IRA proceeds directly to a charity, the donor is relieved of any tax liability on the withdrawal. Speak to your financial advisor about this option. Consider making a QCD from your IRA to satisfy all or a portion of your required minimum distribution (RMD) by making a gift to Holy Names. Don’t forget, your QCD and RMDs have to be completed before year-end so make sure to consult with your financial advisor to determine the correct procedure to accomplish the gift.
We encourage our donors to consult with their professional advisors on the options above. If you have any additional questions, please contact Kristin Vivian in the Advancement Office.
Many companies offer a Matching Gifts program for current and/or retired employees. These companies often match, dollar-for-dollar or more, an employee’s charitable gift to an educational institution. Eligible donors are urged to participate in their company’s Matching Gifts program as it multiplies the value of your gift to Holy Names. Don’t forget to check your spouse’s employer, too.
Academy of the Holy Names’ Tax ID # is 14-1514566. Our NYS Exempt Organization ID # is 114443.