Why We Give

Alumna Supports the School's Future With an Estate Gift

Frances BarrowAlumna Frances Barrow's path took her coast to coast and around the world before she made Israel her home. Her parents moved to Chicago in 1965 from California and Frances was enrolled in the Latin School of Chicago for high school.
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Dr. Richard Davis

Richard Davis"Latin's superb faculty always encouraged me to give my best effort," recalls Dr. Richard Davis '43. "The personal interests and guidance that the Headmaster and each faculty member and coach gave to all of the students left an enduring impression on me," he said.
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Katherine Selz Mayer

Katherine MayerKatherine Selz Mayer joined Girls' Latin School in eighth grade. "I remember all of my teachers' names and what they looked like," Mrs. Mayer once reflected. "Miss Mabel Slade Vickery was Headmistress, Miss Bates taught Latin, Miss Hood English, Miss Jarrett mathematics, and Miss Porter physical education," said Mrs. Mayer.
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Bill and Marjorie Marston

Bill and Marjorie MarstonThrough Bill and Marjorie Marston's gift, they provide ongoing support for the quality of education that Mrs. Marston is remembered for today. When asked what prompted her to include Latin in her estate plans, Mrs. Marston answered simply: "Latin is the greatest school in the whole world."
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Catherine Emmons Phelps '62

Catherine EmmonsThe seven years that Catherine Emmons Phelps '62 spent at Latin had a lasting impact on her life. "I feel a close bond to Latin," she says, "Latin has always been central to my life, and education has always been a priority for my family."
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Latin School a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Latin School of Chicago [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Latin School or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Latin School as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Latin School as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Latin School where you agree to make a gift to Latin School and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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