• How Do You Spell Superfan? A-R-T!

    Betty and Art Dorst smilingBy Kristine Metzger

    You 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.

    I first met Art in 2004. During our visit he informed me that he had decided to give a special gift to WLC - an insurance policy he no longer needed. He simply changed the beneficiary designation on the policy to "Wisconsin Lutheran College"; it would be payable upon death directly to WLC.

    This planned gift enabled Art to become a member of the Ella Post Legacy Society (which holds several donor dinners throughout the year). Through a mutual friend, Art, a widower, met and invited Betty to attend one of the Ella Post dinner events. Six months later, the two 85-year-olds were married.

    The Lord called Art home on September 1, 2010. Art's thoughtful gift of the insurance policy was used toward the current construction of the Outdoor Athletic Center at Warrior Fields, a project of which I'm sure he would have approved.

    Art knew the value of teamwork to make things happen. His gift of the insurance policy is part of a team effort (which includes current and former athletes, parents, and fans) to construct the Outdoor Athletic Center. Art is no longer here to support the Warriors, but if you visit the new locker room in the Athletic Center, you will see a locker with his name on it. Thank you, Art.

    If you'd like to learn more about making a gift of an insurance policy to WLC or donating to the new Outdoor Athletic Center, please contact Richard Mannisto '94 at 414.443.8788 or richard.mannisto@wlc.edu">email him.

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 give to Wisconsin Lutheran College, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 8800 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226, or its successor thereto, ______________* [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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