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Donor Stories

  • To Give and Not To Count the Cost by Mary (Maggie) Ehm*
    To Give and Not To Count the Cost by Mary (Maggie) Ehm*
    Frs. Brennan, Kornely, Fagan, Jones, Pates, Rausch, Denemark, Maher... These are just some of the names of Jesuits who have impacted my life.
  • Some thoughts on “seeking God in all things” by Renee and Dick O'Brien
    Some thoughts on “seeking God in all things” by Renee and Dick O'Brien
    Why do we support the Jesuits? Where should we start? For one thing, we both grew up in Jesuit-educated families. Both Dick’s father and grandfather graduated from Georgetown University and its Law School.
  • Journeying Together in Faith and Charity
    Journeying Together in Faith and Charity
    Over twenty-five years ago, Clarence and Bernice Hynes knew about the Jesuits, but hadn’t really given them much thought.
  • Finding Joy in Helping Others
    Finding Joy in Helping Others
    About five years ago, Maureen Conley experienced a difficult life event. Rather than dwell on "why me?" indefinitely,however, she consulted a therapist, reevaluated her life, and reconsidered her values.
  • Partner Spotlight:  Eugene and Roseann Lilla
    Partner Spotlight: Eugene and Roseann Lilla
    Long before there was such a thing as “take your child to work day,” Eugene (Gene) Lilla accompanied his father to his job – as supervisor of Creighton University’s building maintenance team – on Saturday mornings and summer days.

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their children. After her spouse passed, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her home.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.
  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work.
  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting the Wills Planner on her favorite charity's website, June, a surviving spouse, came across the idea of a Give it Twice Trust.
  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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