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Donor Stories

  • Supporting St. Thomas – A Family Affair
    Supporting St. Thomas – A Family Affair
    Laura Langer has her father Joe’s twinkling eyes, his penchant for travel, his passion for learning and, above all, his love of philanthropy!
  • Why We Give
    Why We Give
    Bob Sheeran ’51 enjoyed a lifelong career with Merrill Lynch, beginning in its Minneapolis office, followed by LaJolla, Calif., and Seattle, Wash...
  • Friends Memorialize Alumnus with Endowed Scholarship
    Friends Memorialize Alumnus with Endowed Scholarship
    Nick Dovolis ’02 applied to one college: the University of St. Thomas. During his first 12 hours as a freshman...
  • Supporting St. Thomas for Life
    Supporting St. Thomas for Life
    Supporters of the University of St. Thomas choose to give of their financial resources for a variety of reasons.
  • Honoring a Professor who Influenced His Life
    Honoring a Professor who Influenced His Life
    Jim Kurpius ’60 was born and raised on a farm in Staples, Minn. At 14, he contracted polio and began using a wheelchair.
  • Instilling Values of Generosity and Service
    Instilling Values of Generosity and Service
    As a business and public relations major, Michelle Neumann Koch ’98 juggled classes and collegiate soccer...
  • Not-so-secret Admirers
    Not-so-secret Admirers
    Knowing that George Grieve ’65 and his wife, Peggy, both worked for the Central Intelligence Agency...
  • Giving Back, with Gratitude
    Giving Back, with Gratitude
    Father Ryan Lewis ’95 is not a St. Paul native—or even from Minnesota—but he loves the University of St. Thomas as much as someone who grew up...

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
  • 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.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their children. After her spouse passed, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her home.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis 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.
  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • 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.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
  • 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.
  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.