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Planned Giving Office

Sally Cleary, CFRE
Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Phone: (973) 290-4455
scleary@cse.edu

Lisa Marie Gerondeau
Senior Director of Development
Phone: (973) 290-4711
lgerondeau@cse.edu

Beneficiary Designation

A beneficiary designation is one of the simplest ways to make a gift to College of Saint Elizabeth. It's literally as easy as filling out a form.  

You can specify the individuals and charities you want to support and you can also specify the percentage of the assets you want each beneficiary to receive.

Beneficiary designations are available when giving the following assets: 

Retirement Assets

An alternative to a bequest gift is to designate College of Saint Elizabeth as the beneficiary of your retirement assets. This gift is simple because you can control the transfer of these assets at your death without changing your will or living trust. All you need to do is request (and complete) a new beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator. There is no need to modify your will or living trust.

A gift of retirement assets has the added advantage of being among the most tax-wise ways to make an estate gift. This is because your retirement assets, if left to individuals (other than a spouse), will be subject to income tax in addition to any applicable estate tax. With a gift to a non-profit such as CSE, 100 percent of the funds are available for its charitable purposes. If you want to remember us in your estate plan, it is often better to leave other types of assets – cash, securities, real estate – to your heirs and give the more heavily taxed retirement asset to College of Saint Elizabeth.

Life Insurance

Life Insurance policies can also be used to make a gift to CSE. Complete and return to the insurance company a form designating that College of Saint Elizabeth receives all or a portion of the death benefit associated with your life insurance policy. As an alternative to naming CSE as the beneficiary, you can transfer ownership of the policy. Transferring ownership results in income tax savings in the year of the gift.

Other Assets

Commercial Annuity Contracts - a commercial annuity will sometimes have a remaining value at the end of the annuitant’s lifetime. You can name CSE to receive all or part of this amount by designating it as a beneficiary (sole or partial) on the appropriate form from the insurance company.

Pay On Death (P.O.D.) Bank Accounts - you can instruct your bank to pay CSE all or a portion of what remains in a checking or savings account. Your bank can provide you with the appropriate beneficiary designation form.

Investment Accounts - you can instruct your investment company to transfer to CSE some or all investments held in the account at the time of your passing. Your broker or agent can let you know the process for doing this – it may be as simple as adding “Transfer On Death (T.O.D.) to College of Saint Elizabeth” after your name on the account.

Who We Are

Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

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