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Bishop Timon - WNY Catholic School - ways to Give

Legacy Giving

The Fr. Claude Kean, OFM Society... Helping to Plan Timon’s Future

While philanthropy has become more complex, the purpose of giving remains the same - to enhance Bishop Timon - St. Jude High School today and ensure its strength for the future.

Timon has been blessed by the kindness of alumni and friends who have supported the school and our students. Whether your support came in the form of a pledge to the phon-a-thon, membership dues, funding a scholarship, or attending one of our many events - your gift made a difference. We hope your support will continue throughout your life so we can keep our school affordable to all those seeking a quality education steeped in the Franciscan tradition.

Without a Will There Is Still a Way: Pen and Ink Philanthropy

A will is the easiest, most effective way to ensure that Timon ultimately receives a share of your assets that can help sustain our vital ministry.

But if you don't have a will and still want to be philanthropic, take heart. Supporting our mission with a portion of your estate doesn't always require a will. For example:

  • Life insurance - Name us as owner and beneficiary of a policy you no longer need, or a policy written for the purpose of a charitable gift—an easy and confidential way to provide a large level of support to us without a significant outlay. And the gift will take place outside of probate, the often time-consuming and costly process of determining the validity of a will and administering the estate.
  • Retirement plan - Give us a portion or all of your IRA, 401(k), Keogh or other retirement plan fund from your estate. These types of assets, when used as charitable gifts, avoid income and estate taxes; all that's required is signing the right form, and no probate is involved.
  • Payable on death account - Leave bank accounts or some types of securities to us. The gift can be easily accomplished by simply filling out the appropriate form, and the asset will be transferred at your death.

There are other options, as well, for supporting the Mission of Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School outside of a will. An attorney or financial adviser can provide specific details.

Legacy of Fr. Claude Kean, OFM

Anyone fortunate enough to have meet Fr. Claude Kean, OFM knew they were in the presence of someone extraordinary. Fr. Claude, a very kind and understanding man, was a great mentor to the young friars and students alike, accepting his first assignment as principal of Timon with great honor and pride, and just as much responsibility. Fr. Claude quickly became a fraternal figure to the young friars just out of school as he provided direction and guidance in his gentle fashion. In the 6 years Fr. Claude was Principal he had set in motion what would become known as the Timon tradition. Fr. Claude had the vision and passion to make Timon a special place.

In recognition of Fr. Claude Kean’s foresight and wisdom we are honored to name Timon’s Bequest Society in his memory. As alumni and friends of Timon we ask you to consider remembering Timon in your will and becoming a member of the Fr. Claude Kean, OFM Society. With a planned gift you will be ensuring Timon’s strength for many years into the future.

Please contact Michelle Patterson at (716) 826-3610 ext. 246 to discuss ways you may assist Timon.