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Mission Statement

The mission of the Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation is to generate and administer resources to provide for the ministries sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery.

Inspired by strong Benedictine values and a deep conviction in the ministry of giving, this Foundation is a network of individuals and corporate entities supporting, with unified purpose, the ministry of Christ through the lives and charitable works of the Sisters.

What is the Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation?

The Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation is a charitable, tax-exempt corporation formed for the sole purpose of supporting and enhancing the mission of the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery in Richardton, North Dakota.  The Foundation receives, holds, invests and dispenses the assets for charitable activities of the Sisters, including the Spirituality Center in Richardton and Subiaco Manor in Dickinson.

How can I help?

The Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation offers an opportunity for people to partner in the ministries of the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery by sharing their time, talent and resources. You become a partner by simply giving a gift to the Foundation.  Every gift is appreciated by the Benedictine Sisters regardless of the amount.

Besides the Sisters deep gratitude for your help in carrying out their various ministries, you are prayed for daily.  The Sisters honor your prayer requests regardless of your level of giving.  All gifts are cumulative with thank you gifts at the various levels: Bell Tower, Leader and Benefactor Club.  Your gifts are tax deductible.

Who staffs the Foundation?

We are a small office located within Sacred Heart Monastery. We operate on the principle of stewardship of resources. Therefore, your gift is handled as a “vessel of the altar” as St. Benedict teaches in his Rule.

 

Sister Renée Branigan, Executive Director

Ila Perhus, Assistant Director

Sisters Michael Emond, part-time office assistant

 

Please feel free to call any of us at anytime at (701) 974-2121 or email us at shbf@sacredheartmonastery.com

While there are certainly tax benefits to consider when making a charitable gift, by giving to the Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation you become a partner in the Sisters’ mission of caring for God’s people. Perhaps the greatest gift is one that offers meaning and hope to others in a troubled world. All gifts are tax deductible.

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts are perhaps the easiest of all gifts. Any amount is gratefully accepted.

Memorial Gifts and Tribute Gifts

Your contribution in memory of loved ones and friends enables the Benedictine Sisters to continue to provide guidance, hope and inspiration through programs and services for those who struggle with the complexities of modern life.

Gifts of Grain/Livestock

For a gift of grain and/or livestock, you could make a significant investment in preserving the values exemplified by the Benedictine Sisters and provide an opportunity for a major memorial for a loved one or friend.

If you are considering a gift of any of the following, please be sure to consult with your financial advisor.

Securities

Giving appreciated stocks or bonds is a superb way to support our programs.

Real Estate

Almost any type of real property – a personal residence, a farm, a vacation home, a commercial building, or an undeveloped parcel of land – can constitute a gift.

Depreciated Farm Machinery

 

Wills/Bequests

A gift through your estate can help you achieve your financial goals and at the same time carry on your legacy well into the future. The most common and frequently used is that of a bequest in one’s will. This can be for a percent of the estate or a set amount. If the estate is a taxable estate, charitable gifts will reduce the estate tax to be paid.

Life insurance policy

This is a great way to give a sizeable gift. You can make the Foundation the full beneficiary, or a percent could go to the Foundation and a percent to others of your choice.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Charitable Gift Annuity

Two other popular ways of giving in which the donor receives a tax break and income for life are Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Charitable Gift Annuity.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust is a separate trust arrangement between you and a trustee. You are guaranteed a stated percentage of the market value of the Unitrust assets revalued each year. At your death the remainder of the trust is then used by the charity.

Charitable Gift Annuity is a common method of providing fixed payments with income tax saving for the rest of your life. At your death the remainder is used by the charity for its charitable works.

How do I make a planned gift?

There are many other trusts and legal ways of giving too numerous to mention here. If you are interested in exploring a planned gift please contact us. We can assist you with the process by working with your financial advisor, or help you to find an attorney who has expertise in planned giving.

If you would like more information about our fundraising programs and gift opportunities, please call the Foundation at (701) 974-2121 or email shbf@sacredheartmonastery.com.

The Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation has established some funds for specific purposes. You may direct your gift to support:

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery

This fund is used for general needs or special projects within the Monastery and to support the mission and ministries of the Sisters.

Education

This fund is used for initial and ongoing formation as well as preparing members for their ministry.

Retirement

Over the years, many of our older Sisters have taught or provided health care to thousands of people in Catholic schools and in our health care facilities. Many donors give in gratitude to the Sisters they remember and love.  This fund provides financial assistance with the special needs of the Community’s elder members.

Spirituality Center

This fund helps with the general operating expenses of the Benedictine Spirituality Center, ensuring a welcoming space for all to Experience the Peace of the Prairie.

Vocations

This fund supports the Sisters in assisting those who are discerning a call to religious life.

Subiaco Manor

Located in Dickinson, Subiaco Manor is a small apartment complex for the elderly and visually handicapped. One of the Sisters manages the complex, and provides for many of the spiritual needs of the residents.

Where needed most

Many donors leave it to the Foundation’s discretion to fund worthy projects we determine within our mission statement.

Special Appeals

At times the Foundation organizes campaigns or fundraising events that benefit a specific effort or project. In recent years, our donors have generously responded to appeals to fund Monastery renovations, an HVAC upgrade, and wind turbine maintenance. The proceeds from our annual Celebrate the West fundraiser have also supported these projects or a specific fund, such as Vocations.

Our donors also approach us with unique but necessary gifts. If you feel that you have something that you think might support the mission of the Sisters feel free to contact the Foundation office at (701) 974-2121 or email us at shbf@sacredheartmonastery.com.

In addition to campaigns for specific purposes, Sacred Heart Benedictine Foundation has annual fundraisers each year: Giving Hearts Day in February and April Showers (the whole month of April). These events are successful because of so many men and women who join us in our values and mission.


Giving Hearts Day

This 24-hour online give-a-thon that has dramatically increased fundraising success by charities of North Dakota and western Minnesota.


April Showers calendar raffle