Planned Giving

Giving Back to St. Catherine's

The Arcade Society, St. Catherine’s planned giving program, consists of alumnae, parents, grandparents and friends who have included St. Catherine’s in their estate plans. These legacy gifts strengthen the School’s long-term financial health and will support future generations of Saints. 

Members of The Arcade Society have taken advantage of one or more of the many opportunities to increase their giving potential while benefiting from the tax advantages these gifts offer:
  • A bequest in one’s will 
  • A charitable gift annuity – a gift that returns a fixed income for life 
  • A charitable remainder trust – a gift that returns an income either for life or for a period of time specified by the donor 
  • A designation of a share of the remaining balance of a retirement account 
  • A charitable lead trust that lowers estate tax on key assets
  • A gift of a life insurance policy, either by designating St. Catherine's as beneficiary or by giving the School ownership of the policy
If you have remembered St. Catherine’s in your estate plans or wish to learn more about planned giving opportunities, please contact the Development Office at (804) 281-7141.

This website presents general information only and should not be construed as legal, financial, accounting or other professional advice. Please seek professional assistance to determine how any giving approach discussed here might impact your situation.

Ways to Give

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  • Bequest

    An ultimate gift. A bequest in one's will. Over the years St. Catherine’s has been the recipient of numerous bequests from alumnae, parents and friends. These bequests have funded endowments, paid for major capital improvements and even perpetuated Annual Giving gifts. We welcome bequests of all sizes. Bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes. When you develop your estate plan, please consider naming St. Catherine’s in your will.
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  • Life Income Gift

    A life income gift allows you to make a substantial gift to St. Catherine’s while providing you and/or a beneficiary with an income stream for life or a set number of years. Life income gifts are also attractive from a tax perspective.
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  • Gift of Retirement Plan

    Gifts of qualified retirement plan assets and IRAs have become increasingly popular. When these assets are owned at death, they can be subject to combined income and estate tax rates of up to 80 percent. A gift to St. Catherine’s of all or a portion of your retirement plan can avoid these taxes, thus enabling you to make a significant gift to the school at a relatively low cost to your estate.
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  • Charitable Lead Trust

    With a charitable lead trust, you can provide current income to St. Catherine’s while preserving the trust assets for you or your beneficiaries. With this gift you remove assets from your estate, receive immediate tax savings and provide the School with income from those assets for a period of years. At the end of the gift period, the assets may be returned to you or transferred to a designated beneficiary at substantial tax saving. Parents and grandparents find the charitable lead trust an excellent way to provide for a future generation while accomplishing good work today and decreasing their estate taxes.
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  • Gift of Real Estate

    For many donors, the most advantageous way to support St. Catherine’s is through a gift of real estate such as a home, farm, vacation property or land. Deeding the property outright avoids capital gains taxes and provides a charitable tax deduction for the full fair market value of the property. 
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  • Gift of Life Insurance

    A gift of life insurance can provide a significant charitable deduction. You can donate a policy that you currently own but no longer need or purchase a new policy. To claim a charitable deduction, you must designate St. Catherine’s as both the owner and beneficiary. The full cash value of a donated policy may be deductible, as well as any continuing premium payments that you make.
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Located in the heart of Richmond, Virginia, St. Catherine’s School is a private, all-girls pre-K, kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school. We provide a well-rounded educational experience for girls from communities across Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico and all of central Virginia. St.Catherine’s all-girls educational experience is rooted in more than a century of history and tradition. From our revolutionary past to our dynamic present, St. Catherine’s has always focused on preparing students for a boundless future.