Support Sant Bani School

Why Support Sant Bani School?

Sant Bani School could not be well into our fifth decade without the generous support of our many donors who help sustain the School’s mission to provide a high-level, comprehensive educational experience while also recognizing the value of the spirit of each student.

Sant Bani School welcomes students from near and far, and is proud to be able to provide financial aid to many families who might otherwise not be able to afford a Sant Bani School education for their child. The generosity of our donors has allowed the School to continue serving children since 1973 — our mutual efforts shine through in the lives of our students and alumni.

There are many ways to give — and you can make a gift online today!

If you have any questions about supporting Sant Bani School, please contact Stacy Lopes, Director of Advancement & External Affairs, stacy@santbani.org, 603.934.4240.

On behalf of every student, past, present and future, thank you!

Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 30, Sant Bani School took part in Giving Tuesday. More than 70 generous donors contributed over $17,000 on Giving Tuesday. We are extremely grateful for and appreciative of this support, which continues to make the transformative experience that is a Sant Bani School education possible for current and future students.  We are extremely grateful for our supportive community. 

Ways To Support

Sant Bani School is a 501(c)3 non-profit institution that depends upon annual contributions from alumni, parents and friends. All donations are tax deductible in the United States. Our Federal ID number is 02-2655524.

To make a gift with a check or money order, please send it to:

Sant Bani School
attn: Advancement Office
19 Ashram Road
Sanbornton, NH 03269

To make a credit card gift (one-time or recurring), please use our secure on-line giving portal.

If you work for a corporation that provides matching funds for charitable gifts, your donation can be doubled or tripled. If you have questions about matching gifts, your present employer can help you.

If you shop on Amazon.com, you can use their Smile portal with Sant Bani as your designated charity; the School will receive a portion of your total purchase, at no extra cost to you.

 

The School also collects Box Tops for Education; every "box top" is worth 10 cents, and SBS receives hundreds of dollars each year from donated tops. You can bring yours to the School, if you live locally, or send them in the mail if you live farther away.

To give a gift of stock, please have your broker transfer your shares to:

 

UBS Financial Services, DTC #0221
Account JD-08702
Sant Bani School Reserve

 

Please also contact the Advancement Office with information about your gift, so we know whom to thank!

You may elect to name Sant Bani School as a beneficiary of your will. We call the group of people who have done so “The Swan’s Nest” and invite you to join them. If you are interested in ways to incorporate Sant Bani into your Estate Plan, or you don't have an Estate Plan but are thinking about one, please read the interview with Chris Bicknell '87.

If you would like to make a gift to the school of securities (see above under "Stock"), land, buildings, or other properties, you will receive a charitable deduction for the full value of the gift. You also avoid the payment of capital tax gains that would be required if the property were sold. While the amount of the deduction in the year of the gift may not exceed 50% of your adjusted gross income, any excess beyond this amount may be carried forward for five years. Please call us at 603-934-4240 with any questions.

For specialized estate planning advice, please talk to an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area.

A corporation may annually deduct a portion of its net income as a charitable contribution. To the extent that its annual contribution exceeds the limit, the corporation can carry forward and deduct the excess during the next five years. Some companies may choose to pledge a fixed percent of their net profits each year.

Planned Giving

Interview with Chris Bicknell ’87 P’21 ’25, Board President.

Planned Giving – or “gift planning” as it is now called – is a way to help secure the future of things we really care about. Gift planning for Sant Bani is focused on the future of the School, on the young people who will be coming to SBS for generations. As we look ahead and realize that it is time to do something that will matter, we make a plan now that has benefits for years to come.

 

Most legacy gifts are used to build the endowment. An endowment can help an institution weather a stormy year, allow it to undertake a special project, or, in Sant Bani’s case, provide much-needed scholarship dollars. While it is usually only huge legacy gifts that are featured in news headlines, the vast majority of endowments across the country are created and grown through simple bequests (designating a gift to Sant Bani in your will). It is very simple and yet very powerful: these acts of kindness are critical for Sant Bani to be able to serve generations of children in the future as it has in the past.

Let’s start with the mission. For anyone associated with the Spiritual Teachers who founded and helped sustain Sant Bani, Sant Kirpal Singh and Sant Ajaib Singh, this is a place where their universal lessons are shared with young people who then go out to places all over the world.

 

For those who believe that it is important for students to have a high quality, values-driven education based on service to others and believe that small class-size, unique learning opportunities and strong human interactions are critical to that, Sant Bani fits the bill perfectly. With the School’s unique scholarship program, doors of opportunity are being opened that would otherwise be closed.

 

Finally I would consider the area of fiscal responsibility and strength. Sant Bani is very fortunate to have a modest endowment of $5 million that is being managed very well, so we already have a good start. SBS also works hard to make the most of limited resources; spending on operations and administration is kept within industry benchmarks for effective support of the program and the classroom experience. We have generous friends from around the country and the world. The largest legacy gift thus far (over $800,000) came from a friend in New Zealand. We are incredibly fortunate to have a sustaining donor who supports the annual scholarship program and has provided for the School in his estate. We have a dedicated faculty who create a supportive and challenging educational environment on a carefully minded budget. Another asset is an experienced and generous Board who are strong stewards of Sant Bani’s mission and the donated funds.

For most of us it comes down to what we can do and when we can do it. Many of us can afford to make an Annual Fund gift of some kind out of our current income. If we are fortunate and have assets to dip into, then we can give something now for the Endowment. But for most of us, our contribution to the Endowment will come through a legacy commitment to SBS that we have arranged well before we die. After we have taken care of any commitments we have to our family and others, we can request in our will that a gift go to the School.

 

I often see how powerful these gifts are. Sant Bani recently received a legacy gift of over $300,000 from a benefactor who, over the years, made small gifts to the Annual Fund totaling just under $2,000. The power of these gifts, particularly as the number of people willing to make them grows, cannot be overestimated. We are very fortunate to have nearly forty people we know of who have arranged for SBS to receive legacy gifts.

I encourage everyone to start with the simplest way to create a planned gift, and that is to identify the School as a beneficiary of your estate through your will or trust. Other simple options are to make the School a beneficiary of a life insurance plan, retirement plan, IRA, etc. There are other methods that are more complex, such as annuities, charitable lead or remainder trusts, but those need careful discussion with your financial planner as well as the School.

Would you like to discuss a planned gift?

Please contact Stacy Lopes, Director of Advancement & External Affairs, 603-934-4240 or stacy@santbani.org.

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