Giving to St. John the Baptist School

St. John's First Graders enjoy a field trip to the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis.

Father Joe and Sister Tresa Margret visit colorful preschool students on Halloween.

A fifth grade graduating class is honored during a special Mass.

School Principal Sister Tresa Margret and one of her prize students, Matthew Murphy.

Marathoners kick up the dust as they pedal for school donations.

Marathoners walk and bike to help raise funds for St. John the Baptist School.

   Any child who attends St. John the Baptist Catholic School joins a community, a group of diverse friends and families gathered together to support the purpose of Catholic education. The mission of St. John's is to provide intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and academic formation for children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the principles of the Catholic faith and the finest education standards.

   Our main goal is to provide a Christ-based education to everyone through reasonable tuition and tuition scholarships. Our parishioners understand that St. John's is an important part of our Catholic mission. Consequently, no family is ever turned away due to a lack of funds. This often means large year-end financial shortfalls.

   Please use our website to review the various opportunities for you to give to St. John's. We have a wonderful, long-time relationship with Vermillion Bank. In fact, several St. John's graduates continue today to lead this financial institution. Its Trust Department is ready to help with any gift you would like to make to St. John's. We eagerly wait to hear from you.

   "The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few," Matthew 9:37

Planned Giving
Planned Giving Options

   Charitable Bequest: A charitable bequest is an easy method of making a gift to St. John's upon your death. A bequest can be included in your will directing that a specific dollar amount, asset or percentage of your estate be distributed to St. John's upon your death.  In addition to benefiting our school, the gift could reduce potential estate taxes. Perhaps it is time to update your will and consider including a bequest to St. John the Baptist School. Click here to read sample will language.

   Retirement Plan Beneficiary: Naming St. John's as the beneficiary of one or more of your retirement plans is a great tax-saving strategy. As a charity, St. John the Baptist School is not required to pay income tax on the amount received upon your death. In contrast, your family members will be required to pay income tax in respect of a decedent tax on amounts in your qualified retirement plans and IRAs. 

   Life Insurance Beneficiary: Consider naming St. John's as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy on your life if your spouse or children will not need the funds. This can be a great way to make a substantial gift to St. John's. Another option is to transfer ownership of the policy to St. John the Baptist School during your lifetime.

   Charitable Remainder Trust: A charitable remainder trust allows you to transfer assets to a trust, receive an annual income stream from the assets and pass the remainder amount to St. John's upon your death or after a term of years. You will receive a present income tax deduction upon the creation of the trust based on the remainder amount that will pass to St. John the Baptist School.

   Charitable Gift Annuity: A charitable gift annuity allows you to donate assets to St. John's in exchange for the school's promise to pay you a lifetime income stream. In addition, you receive a tax deduction.

Annual Fundraising
A Bold, New Vision Campaign

   In the fall of 2005, St. John the Baptist parish completed construction of a new Education Center adjoining the existing school. This new facility serves the entire parish population by providing much-needed space for religious education classes, summer vacation bible school, adult Bible study classes and a multi-purpose Community Room to accommodate funeral wakes, parish festivals, catered dinner fundraisers, Saturday Vigil Mass in the summer and other large events. This addition also enabled the school to address several findings identified in a 1996 and 2003 audit by the Minnesota Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association (MNSAA) that could not be resolved without augmenting the existing school structure.

   St. John's addressed safety concerns and added a library/media/music room in the addition so that library visits and music class no longer required students to cross a busy street to get to the church basement.

   School safety was improved by providing one, centralized entrance and reception area for all visitors to check-in.

   A dedicated, private room was freed up for children with learning needs (Title I and special services) in order to treat these children with dignity. For many years, these special needs were met by working with children at a desk in the hallway or in the photocopy room. Handicap-accessible restrooms were also added to the facility.

   A private office area for teachers and the principal was added to enable staff to conduct private conversations and handle confidential situations. A small nurse's station was added to allow a sick child to lie down in a quiet area instead of in the old teacher's lounge.

   Our entire parish family is very grateful for all of the hard work and commitment that enabled our Education Center to be built. Of the $1,090,000 spent to build the center, more than $998,645 has been received in cash and 5-year pledges. In addition, the project recently received a $129,000 contribution from the John Bauer estate, leaving a debt of about $50,000. The school also needs extra money to furnish the interior of the science lab space, caterer's kitchen and other areas.

   Won't you help? One-time cash donations and 5-year pledges are still being accepted to fund our Bold New Vision campaign. Our school principal or parish pastor would gratefully appreciate a call from you today.

Non-Public School Marathon

   Each fall students, staff, parents, and grandparents line up on Main Street in Vermillion to participate in the St. John the Baptist School Annual Marathon. This fundraising effort is part of the Minnesota Marathon for Nonpublic Education. Our school has a long history of raising more money per pupil than any school in the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese. We use the money to buy computers, library books, textbooks and pay our teachers. Our goal for 2008 was $24,500. Thanks to many generous neighbors, relatives, friends, and family members, we reached our goal! Supporting our biggest fundraiser of the year is easy. You still can make a tax-deductible donation by stopping by or mailing a check to the School Office.

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