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Give to Support the Future of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

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Alumni and friends have been incredibly generous to Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences over the years with gifts of support for scholarships, specialized equipment in our simulation center, and new program development. Like most colleges of higher education, our only source of revenue is tuition and fees which we use to cover all of our daily operational costs, facility maintenance and improvement, and emergency needs. Donor gifts are critical because this support enables us to be creative and innovative, especially in the area of new program development and scholarships.

Many of our alumni and friends received educational scholarships which helped them realize the dream of a college degree. Scholarship support continues to be the critical difference to students considering careers in health care, especially as we look to expand our programs to traditionally underrepresented students. 

Since 2011, donations to the College have supported:

  • State of the art simulation center with fully functional hospital rooms, skills labs, and high fidelity manikins
  • Over $1 million in student scholarships awarded
  • Students participating in College-sponsored mission trips
  • Development of the master’s in nursing science degree programs: FNP, AG-ACNP, and NE
  • Allied health associate degree programs
  • The new general education program
  • The Faculty Adjunct Academy to better prepare adjuncts in the College’s classrooms
  • “Just in Time”: Expanding Access and Narrowing the College Readiness Gap for Underrepresented Students program
  •  Pathways to Health and Science Program for high school students

Donors support the College in many ways including:

cash gifts   gifts in your will  IRA’s  payroll giving


For more information about College priorities please contact Melody Messner, Chief Development Officer, at 816-936-8717 or

Gift in Your Will

In 2018, the College received an estate gift of $850,000 from deceased alum, Barbara J. Kurtz, class of 1944.

When Kurtz was planning this gift in 1993, she did something that many of our alumni do, she filled out a one-page form so that we knew she was planning a gift in her will. She put down $1 as the potential gift amount.

Why would she put down only $1?

Sometimes designating a gift in a will can quickly get complicated. There are so many financial terms, investment instruments, tax issues, and implications that pretty soon the idea of leaving a gift can be forgotten.

Therefore, we keep it simple and encourage donors to focus on letting us know they are planning a gift versus the gift amount. Some donors put down $1 and others put in a percentage.

The important thing is to let us know that you have included a gift in your will because sometimes we receive a check without additional information. Our one-page form includes a place where you can indicate how you want your gift used, whether a scholarship or for student missions or an other area you wish to support.

Your form ensures the gift is the legacy you envisioned.

Melody Messner, Chief Development Officer

Barbara McGregor

Individual Retirement Accounts

If you are older than 70½ years, you can take advantage of a simple way to support student scholarships and receive tax benefits as well. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity, such as the College, without having to pay income taxes on the money.

This law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts every year.

Why an IRA?

  • You pay no income taxes on this kind of gift. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you benefit even if you do not itemize your deductions.
  • If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement.

IRA Gift Transfer Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

This link contains a form that will make it easy for you to make a gift and you can be sure that your financial institution has the correction information for processing your IRA. Download the form.

No. The legislation requires you to reach age 70½ by the date you make the gift.

We must receive your gift by Dec. 31 for your donation to qualify this year. If you have check-writing privileges on your IRA account, please mail your check by Dec. 20 in order to give us time to process your gift before the end of the year.

No. You can give any amount under this provision, as long as it is $100,000 or less this year. If your IRA is valued at more than $100,000, you can transfer a portion of it to fund a charitable gift.

No. Under the law, you can give a maximum of $100,000. For example, you can give each organization $50,000 this year or any other combination that totals $100,000 or less. Any amount of more than $100,000 in one year must be reported as taxable income.

Yes. Direct rollovers to a qualified charity can be made only from an IRA. Under certain circumstances, however, you may be able to roll assets from a pension, profit-sharing, 401(k) or 403(b) plan into an IRA and then make the transfer from the IRA directly to Saint Luke’s Foundation. To determine if a rollover to an IRA is available for your plan, speak with your plan administrator.

Yes, absolutely. If you have not yet taken your required minimum distribution, the IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy all or part of that requirement. Contact your IRA custodian to complete the gift.

If you have a spouse (as defined by the IRS) who is 70½ or older and has an IRA, he or she can also give up to $100,000 from his or her IRA.

It is wise to consult with your tax professionals if you are contemplating a charitable gift under the extended law.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact Melody Messner, Chief Development Officer, at 816-936-8717 or with any questions you may have.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in any examples are for illustrative purposes only. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.

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