What is Benedict Society?
Benedict Society is a group of long-term supporters of Holy Wisdom Monastery who have notified the Benedictine Life Foundation about their support for the sisters through a planned gift.
What are the benefits to joining Benedict Society?
The main benefit of joining Benedict Society is knowing that you are supporting the long-term vision and mission of the Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery. Notifying the Benedictine Life Foundation of your intentions and enrolling in Benedict Society also offers the following benefits:
- Acknowledgement of your gift on our website and in our other printed and electronic materials (if desired – Benedict Society members can also remain anonymous to the public).
- Annual lunch with the sisters and other Benedict Society members at Holy Wisdom Monastery.
- Occasional special communications for Benedict Society members.
How do I join Benedict Society?
If you have already designated the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. in your estate planning documents (bequest in a will, life insurance policy, retirement plan beneficiary, etc.), then please notify Mike Sweitzer-Beckman, our director of development, at 608-836-1631, x124 or email@example.com. You will be automatically enrolled. If you would like to enroll in a planned giving seminar, please click here for a schedule and more information.
What are some examples of types of planned gifts?
Some examples of planned gifts include:
- bequest through a will or trust
- charitable gift annuities
- stocks, bonds and securities
- charitable trusts
- real estate
- life insurance
- retirement accounts
For more information on any of these opportunities to support Holy Wisdom Monastery, please contact Mike Sweitzer-Beckman, director of development, at 608-836-1631, x124.
Why make a planned gift?
Making a planned gift to support the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery can be a way for your legacy to live on in support of the ecumenical monastery whose mission is weaving prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth into a shared way of life as an ecumenical Benedictine community. If your values line up with the sisters’, then it can be a wonderful way to ensure that future generations can participate in our mission and ministries.
How do I designate the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery in my will or trust?
If you are interested in designating the sisters in your estate plans, please contact your attorney or other agent that can help you get started. If you are interested in bequeathing a percentage or specific dollar amount in your will or trust, please refer the following language to your attorney or other agent who is helping to prepare your will or trust:
I give, devise, and bequeath (insert amount of gift or percentage of estate, or residuary of estate) to the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. (EIN 39-1830847), or its successor organization, located in Middleton, Wisconsin, to support its activities in Wisconsin.
How do I make the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery a beneficiary of my retirement plan?
If you have a 401k or other retirement plan, you can designate the Benedictine Life Foundation (EIN 39-1830847) as a primary or secondary beneficiary of the plan. You need to contact the administrator directly of your retirement plan and ask for a beneficiary form, fill it out, and return to the administrator. You may then wish to notify the Benedictine Life Foundation of your intent.
Current Members of Benedict Society
We are grateful for the following members of Benedict Society for their expression of commitment and support toward the long-term vision of the Benedictine Women of Madison at Holy Wisdom Monastery:
- Anonymous (12)
- Reverend Dennis Crowley
- Bill Diederich and Jim Green
- Tim Jeffery
- Harold and Rita Kreitz
- Norma and Doug Madsen
- Jayne Neuendorf
- Reverend Jon Olson
- Phyllis and Richard Pelkey
- Steven Powell
- Neal and Diane Smith
- Janine Veto
How do I get more information about Benedict Society and planned giving opportunities at Holy Wisdom Monastery?
If you are interested in more information about planned giving opportunities at Holy Wisdom Monastery, please contact Mike Sweitzer-Beckman, our director of development, at 608-836-1631, x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also refer to this brochure about planned giving to learn more.