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Gift & Estate Planning

Remembering John Wesley, Haertter Hall's Caretaker

John WesleyJohn Wesley was a member of the plant operations team from 1960 until shortly before his death in 1998, one of only a small number of faculty and staff members who devoted their entire careers to Burroughs. He was a championship boxer - a strong man with an even stronger character. Haertter Hall was only two years old when John started taking care of it, and he kept it shining. He befriended students and faculty, grew flowers on campus from seed and demonstrated over and over again that any job worth having was worthy of one's best efforts.

Shortly after John died, a modest scholarship endowment was established in his name by a retired faculty member. As word got out, others began contributing to the fund, and in 2008 the inaugural recipient of the John Wesley Scholarship was named. Dan Bomze '92, remembers John fondly: "John was a really special guy and a great friend. He was a man of few words, but his ingenuity and tireless work ethic were an inspiration to me. His legacy at Burroughs is something I'm very proud to support, and I'm delighted that his name and memory live on through this scholarship." Dan and his wife, Kathleen, have included a special gift to the scholarship in their estate plans as a way to honor John's memory and support the next generation of JBS students.

When we bid goodbye to the original Haertter Hall, it seemed fitting to remember its longtime caretaker. And we're glad to see John's legacy live on, in perpetuity, through the faces of the young Burroughs students who are benefiting from these gifts.

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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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