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Donor Stories

  • A Boy's Life Insurance Policy Becomes a Major Gift.
    A Boy's Life Insurance Policy Becomes a Major Gift.
    The late James Hogan had a very impressive 32-year career as a chemistry professor at McGill University in Montreal. When he reconnected with his alma mater in 1996...
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  • Alum Honored by Parents' Bequest
    Alum Honored by Parents' Bequest
    My years at Notre Dame in the 1960s literally were life-altering. I came to the Hilltop as a timid and insecure freshman. I experienced respect (Religion with Brother Benjamin Sunday)...
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  • Funding Scholarships Through IRA Contributions
    Funding Scholarships Through IRA Contributions
    In 1975, the first of our three sons entered Notre Dame. We came to know the Brothers of Holy Cross, the friendly faculty and staff...
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  • Paying It Forward Through A Beneficiary Designation
    Paying It Forward Through A Beneficiary Designation
    Growing up in West Haven, I had two sisters, a wonderful stay-at-home mom, and a dad who worked two jobs to provide for us.
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  • Marking a Milestone with a Charitable Gift Annuity
    Marking a Milestone with a Charitable Gift Annuity
    Some say it is better to give than to receive. In some cases, however, you can give and receive, and everyone comes out a winner! By making his gift in the form of a Charitable Gift Annuity...
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  • A Pioneer's Long-term Commitment and Legacy
    A Pioneer's Long-term Commitment and Legacy
    Alexander (Al) Ramadei is a Notre Dame Pioneer and the patriarch of a Notre Dame Family. As a member of the Class on 1950...
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  • Building a Legacy for Catholic Education
    Building a Legacy for Catholic Education
    As Notre Dame moves toward its 75th anniversary, we see an ever increasing number of legacy freshmen. Twenty years ago...
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  • Coming Home and Giving Back
    Coming Home and Giving Back
    Like many of us, after graduating from Notre Dame in 1971, David Erba headed out of Connecticut to begin his college career.
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  • Pastor, Board Member, and Loyal Friend of Notre Dame
    Pastor, Board Member, and Loyal Friend of Notre Dame
    Father Robert J. Lord, a native of Waterbury, CT, was ordained to the priesthood in 1960 and spent almost half of his...
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  • Giving Back in Appreciation for a Helping Hand in Challenging Times
    Giving Back in Appreciation for a Helping Hand in Challenging Times
    Patricia (Patti) Dunleavy Maher wanted the best for her children, James (ND '86) and Jennifer (Lauralton Hall '88). Thus, she decided...
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  • Giving Back Benefits You and Future ND Students.
    Giving Back Benefits You and Future ND Students.
    David Novicki, DMP FACFAS, '65, shares his rationale for charitable giving via the IRA Charitable Deduction Plan. An IRA Charitable Contribution is a way you can help support our mission and receive a tax benefit this year.
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Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
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  • 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 and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Luis 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 in value.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Keith has been a faithful supporter of Notre Dame High School and makes regular gifts to support our work.
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  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event Notre Dame High School held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
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  • 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.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
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  • 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, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Cynthia spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
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  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.
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