Benedict Society:  support Holy Wisdom in perpetuity

Benedict Society is a group of long-term supporters of Holy Wisdom Monastery who have notified the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. about their support for the sisters through a planned gift. Members of Benedict Society have chosen to have their legacy tied to the long-term legacy of Holy Wisdom Monastery for generations to come.

Benefits

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 gathering with the sisters and other Benedict Society members at Holy Wisdom Monastery.
  • Occasional special communications for Benedict Society members.

Join the 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 Janet Neurauter at 608-836-1631, x124 or jneurauter@benedictinewomen.org. You may also use this PDF form to notify Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. of your intentions. You will be automatically enrolled.

FAQ

Some examples of planned gifts include:

  • bequest through a will or trust
  • charitable gift annuities
  • charitable remainder trusts
  • charitable lead trusts
  • real estate
  • life insurance
  • retirement accounts plan, or a life insurance policy, you can designate the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. (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 in order to receive the benefits of membership in Benedict Society.

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.receive the benefits of membership in Benedict Society.

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 or life insurance policy?

If you have a 401k or other retirement plan, or a life insurance policy, you can designate the Benedictine Life Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. (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 in order to receive the benefits of membership in Benedict Society.

If you are interested in more information about planned giving opportunities at Holy Wisdom Monastery, please contact Nancy Sandleback, our collections manager, at 608-836-1631, x105 or nsandleback@benedictinewomen.org. Please also refer to this brochure about planned giving to learn more.

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 (14)

Jane Ayer

Reverend Dennis Crowley

Bill Diederich & Jim Green

Tim Jeffery

Alice Jenson

Harold and Rita Kreitz

Phyllis Lobdell

Norma and Doug Madsen

Judy Nolde

Jayne Neuendorf

Reverend Jon Olson

Phyllis and Richard Pelkey

Steven Powell

Rev. Carol Shaffer

Neal and Diane Smith

Janine Veto