Challenging girls to become women of 
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Planned Giving

The Founders' Society - A Way to Leave a Lasting Legacy

In 1993 the Founders’ Society was formed to recognize members of the NCDS community who have designated the School in their estate plans. Since then, many alumnae, parents, and friends of NCDS have chosen to make a lasting impact on the lives of our students through a planned gift.

Legacy gifts - or planned gifts - provide the financial strength and security required for the School's continued growth. The most common legacy gifts are a bequest made in a will or a beneficiary designation of a retirement fund or life insurance policy. Legacy gifts may be made for unrestricted or restricted purposes. Unrestricted gifts are used for the greatest needs of the School, while restricted gifts are designated for critical initiatives such as endowment, tuition assistance for students, academic programs, endowed chairs, athletics, etc.

By becoming a member of the Founders' Society, you are making a sound investment in the future of NCDS while establishing an enduring connection to the School. Becoming part of the Founders' Society is simple. Establish any of the following estate plans, and you will qualify for membership: 

  • Name Newton Country Day School in your will or living trust
  • Designate NCDS as a beneficiary of your IRA or retirement plan
  • Make NCDS the beneficiary of your life insurance policy

Planned gifts are not just for the wealthy; anyone can create a lasting legacy for our girls. Members of the Founders' Society ensure that young women will continue to develop the courage and confidence to realize St. Madeleine Sophie's vision of transforming the world. 

For more information about Planned Giving opportunities or to become a member of the Founders' Society please email Mollie Collum, Director of Institutional Advancement, or call at (617) 559-4792.

Sample Gift Language For Your Will or Revocable Living Trust

Residual Gift Language

A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid. Sample language:

I give and devise to Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, located in Newton, MA, all (OR please state a percentage of your estate) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support (OR for the support of a specific fund or program).

Specific Gift Language

Naming Newton Country Day School as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy. Sample language:

I give and devise to Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, located in Newton, MA, the sum of $___________ (or asset) to be used for its general support (OR for the support of a specific fund or program).

Contingent Gift Language

Newton Country Day School can be named as a contingent beneficiary in your will or personal trust if one or more of your specific bequests cannot be fulfilled. Sample language:

If (insert name of potential beneficiary) is not living at the time of my demise, I give and devise to Newton Country Day of the Sacred Heart, located in Newton, MA, the sum of $ _______ (or all or a percentage of the residue of my estate) to be used for its general support (OR for the support of a specific fund or program).

Make NCDS a Beneficiary of your Retirement Plan

You may name Newton Country Day School as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits.

Naming NCDS as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit-sharing pension plan will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. We recommend you consult with your tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts. By naming the School as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, the donor maintains complete control over the asset while living, but at the donor's death the plan passes to support NCDS free of both estate and income taxes.

Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy and should not cost you any attorney fees. Simply request a “change of beneficiary” form from your plan administrator. When you have finished, please return the form to your plan administrator and notify the School. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to NCDS.

Personalized Language For You

Should you or your attorney like Newton Country Day School to provide you with customized beneficiary language that is specific to your goal and interest, please contact Mollie Collum, Director of Institutional Advancement.