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Gift & Estate Planning

Endowing the Arts at Burroughs

The late Kerry KuehnerOver the years, Burroughs has been the beneficiary of several key endowed funds, which have supported the fine arts program. A major gift in 2006 from Kim Kuehner '71 in memory of Kerry Kuehner '68 refurbished the fine arts building, built a new art gallery, and endowed the building in perpetuity. The fine arts building is a fitting tribute to Kerry, whose career, interests and talents were in the arts. While at Burroughs, Kerry created paintings, drawings and sculptures, which still hang in the homes of her family and friends. The glass-enclosed gallery space in the Kerry S. Kuehner Fine Arts Gallery is dedicated to student and alumni artwork.

The late Joanna CollinsIn the early 1980s, the late Mr. and Mrs. Sydney S. Cohen established an endowed fund for the purchase and display of artwork for the Burroughs permanent art collection. The collection grew under the direction of the late Joanna Collins '47, who taught painting and drawing at Burroughs from 1957 to 1993. While at Burroughs, Joanna established a trust and named three trustees-all Burroughs alumni-who were given full discretion as to the disposition of the assets. Upon her death, more than $1 million from Joanna's estate was given to endow the Fred Dreher / Joanna Collins Chair in Fine Arts. This chair honors Joanna and her mentor, former painting department chair, teacher and sculptor, Fred Dreher, who began teaching at Burroughs in the 1930s and was a practicing and exhibiting artist until his death in 1986. The current chair holder is Howard Jones, a member of the Burroughs faculty since 1987.

In 1988, an anonymous donor established an art purchase fund in honor of the late Frannie Martin, wife, mother and grandmother of Burroughs alumni. Because of these generous gifts, the school's permanent art collection now numbers nearly 300 works.

The Bonsack GalleryThe Bonsack Gallery was dedicated in 1965 through a gift from the late Mrs. Arthur Bonsack in honor of her son, the late Arthur A. Bonsack Jr. '31. Over the years, the Bonsack Gallery has shown a range of diverse and challenging works by locally and nationally recognized artists within the context of a teaching gallery. Gallery talks in which the artists visit campus to discuss their philosophies and technical concerns enrich the Burroughs experience for students, faculty and visitors. Click here for a current gallery schedule.

Endowed funds such as these strengthen the work of the fine arts department in a myriad of ways, and play a central part in supporting the school's mission of learning through and living with art.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Burroughs a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

The official legal bequest language for John Burroughs School is: "I give to John Burroughs School, a nonprofit educational institution located at 755 South Price Road, St. Louis, Missouri 63124 and incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri, the sum of $_______ [or the following described property or a designated percentage of my estate], to be used for its general educational purposes."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to JBS or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to JBS as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to JBS as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and JBS where you agree to make a gift to JBS and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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