• Meet Our Donors

    An Easy Way to Give Back

    JamieWhen her first child was born, Jamie (Johnson) Anderson ’03 received a Wee Warrior baby outfit from WLC with a note of congratulations and tips for new parents, including ways to protect her little one’s future.
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    A Gift of Love

    AnnaOne could say that Anna Lind was like other Wisconsin Lutheran College friends and donors. Like other loyal supporters, she loved the mission of WLC. One significant exception, however, is that Anna was a faithful supporter when she was 100 years old.
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    1 + 1 = 6: How Two Lifelong Christians Impact Ministry Work at Six Charities

    John and EleonoreJohn and Eleonore Jeske are pretty humble folks. They don't measure success in their lives by promotions achieved, the square footage of their dwelling or the shape of a car's hood ornament. They'd rather talk about the Christian ministries in which they, their five children and their spouses, and 19 grandchildren are involved.
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    25 Years and Counting...

    DONOR'S NAMEA quarter-century is a long time, whether you're talking about the pro athlete who plays his entire career with the same team, time spent living at the same address or one's tenure as a company employee. When referring to the number of years a donor has been consecutively giving to an organization, 25 is phenomenal!
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    How Do You Spell Superfan? A-R-T!

    DONOR'S NAMEYou just couldn't miss Art. Whether at a Warriors football or basketball game, he was the consummate fan, deftly serving as both coach and fan from his seat in the bleachers. Art, himself a former minor league baseball player and later a coach at Garden Homes Lutheran School, knew all too well the teamwork needed to have a successful game.
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    Lilli Gust: Humble, Christian Business Leader, Joyful Giver.

    DONOR'S NAMELilli Gust's belief in the importance of a Christian education started early. When her family moved to Milwaukee from Germany in 1952, they chose to settle about a block from St. Marcus Lutheran where they became members and where Lilli attended school.
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    Planned Giving For Any Age

    DONOR'S NAMEMany people put off the practice of estate planning and gifting until they retire or even later. But many financial planners encourage starting much sooner. Two people who took that advice to heart are Wisconsin Lutheran College alumni Jim Bilitz '91, and his wife Carolanne (Laich) '93.
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    Supporting WLC, From the Beginning

    DONOR'S NAMEBeloved science and math professor Luther Spaude was the one of the first faculty members called to a new institution, Wisconsin Lutheran College, following in the footsteps of Gary Greenfield, Paul Kelm and Roger Fleming.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Wisconsin Lutheran College 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 Wisconsin Lutheran College [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 WLC 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 WLC as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 WLC 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 WLC where you agree to make a gift to WLC 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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