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Ways of Giving
Become a Partner in Our Mission
Ursuline relies on the generous support of donors as partners in educating young women for leadership. Each year contributions provide the essential funds needed for scholarships, faculty support, long-term facilities maintenance, and operating costs not covered by tuition. There are many ways to give to Ursuline, and all help ensure the success of the school and our students. Visit
to learn more about the many ways you can get involved!
Mission Inspired Giving
The Ursuline Fund
Annual gifts made through The Ursuline Fund help to fund essential operating expenses. The Ursuline Fund bridges the gap between tuition and the actual cost of an Ursuline education. The fund supports competitive faculty salaries, excellence in academics, athletics, arts,and other student programs.
The future of Ursuline depends on the strength of endowments. Priority needs are for
. The Ursuline Academy of Dallas Foundation, Inc., provides for safe, effective asset management.
Mardi Gras Ball
The annual Mardi Gras Ball benefits student scholarships. The event also recognizes named gifts to scholarship and faculty endowments. Over the past 23 years, net proceeds from the annual Mardi Gras Ball and earnings from the Ursuline scholarship endowment have funded over $11 million in scholarships for more than 2600 students.
Lunch With A View
An annual speaker series, the event brings members of the Dallas business and professional community together each year to hear from remarkable individuals, thought-leaders, and role models. All net proceeds benefit needs-based financial assistance.
Charitable planned gifts help ensure the long-term financial stability and future growth of Ursuline Academy. Donors naming Ursuline Academy as the beneficiary are recognized as members of the Ursuline Society.
Types of Gifts
Gifts of Cash
The most convenient form of giving, cash gifts may be made in the form of currency, checks, or by credit card. Gifts of cash, as allowed by law, are deductible for donors who itemize deductions. (Total charitable deductions in any year cannot exceed 50% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income. Contributions above 50% may be carried over for up to five subsequent years.)
Ursuline’s pledge program offers an opportunity for payments over two to five years, depending on the project and size of gift. Pledge giving is both flexible and tax-wise, allowing you to schedule charitable deductions in years that provide the most significant tax savings. Your pledge is recorded by completing a pledge card or letter of intent. Invoice arrangements are available.
Many employers generously match an employee’s gift to non-profit institutions, providing another avenue for additional contributions to Ursuline Academy. If your employer will match a gift, the company’s matching gift form should be submitted with your own cash or pledge gift.
Direct gifts of securities, especially appreciated stocks, can offer substantial tax savings. Federal income tax laws allow for deduction of the full market value of long-term appreciated securities, subject to an annual limitation of 30% of adjusted gross income. Any excess may be carried forward for five years. By giving appreciated stock, you may give a larger gift at less cost. For securities that have decreased in value, donors benefit from selling the stock and taking a loss for tax purposes, then contributing the cash to Ursuline.
Ursuline may accept gifts of houses, residential or commercial rental property, office buildings and undeveloped land. You can also make a gift of a personal residence, reserving the right to live in the house. This type of gift is called a “Life Estate Contract,” offering the donor a substantial charitable contribution deduction based on the value of the remainder interest in the residence.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
You can establish a separate life income trust to provide wither a variable or fixed income, creating a charitable deduction for the remainder interest donated to Ursuline. Transfers are exempt from capital gains tax. The Charitable Remainder Unitrust provides income for you or a designated beneficiary based on a payout rate not less than 5% of the fair market value of the trust assets, determined annually. Income from the trust continues for the rest of your life, and in certain cases, may be passed on to a survivor. You may also establish an income interest for a parent or other individual you wish to support. With a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, the required annual income distribution amount is predetermined at a maximum of 5% of the fair market value of the Trust assets at the date the assets are transferred to the Trust.
When planning your estate, you can consider an outright bequest to Ursuline Academy. Also, certain bequests in trust are not subject to estate taxation. Because of special statutory tax benefits that are granted for charitable contributions, your exclusion is the face value of the gift rather than the actual cost, which may be considerably less.
Many memorial funds have been established at Ursuline Academy in memory of a deceased relative or friend.
In-kind gifts afford you the opportunity to donate valuable items, property, or professional services to Ursuline Academy. Examples include auction items for special events, office furniture, products and services for new construction and building renovations, legal and accounting services, etc.
There are many ways to make gifts to Ursuline Academy of Dallas. Careful planning can make charitable giving a personally satisfying and financially sound decision. As you consider your gift, you may wish to explore the links above to learn more about the types of gifts included in the range of options available to donors.
Ursuline Academy of Dallas is a non-profit 501(C) (3) organization. All contributions to the Academy are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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