The Sustained Giving Program is made up of donors who partner with our Newman Center through making a weekly, monthly, or annual recurring gift. These regular and dependable gifts make it possible for our ministry to better budget for our current needs and plan for future growth!
You control this commitment – it is not a pledge. You may increase, decrease or cancel your gift any time by informing our office of your decision.
The Mug Club is an initiative of our sustained giving program. The purpose is to encourage dependable support for our students and Center. To be part of the "Mug Club" the following criteria is necessary:
Non-Students: $40 per month
Students: $20 per month
Funds from the Endowment Fund will be deposited in the Catholic Development Fund with the Diocese of Fargo, which gives a great return on interest and helps the Diocese of Fargo to build new Churches and schools.
Current Endowment Fund Balance of: $192,625.00
In 2011, N.D. legislators passed a bill that allowed a very generous tax credit to those who make a charitable gift to a N.D. qualified endowment. If you are a North Dakota resident and make a gift of $5,000 or more to a N.D. qualified endowment, you are eligible for a 40 percent tax credit on your N.D. taxes. Tax credits are much different than a tax deduction because they reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar. The maximum tax credit allowed is $20,000 for individuals or $40,000 for married couples filing jointly. However, credits may be carried forward up to three years.
The following is an example of how tax credits may benefit you:
|*Federal tax savings||$1,250||$6,250||$12,500|
|ND state income tax credit||-$2,000||-$10,000||-$20,000|
|Net "Cost" of gift||$1,750||$8,750||$17,500|
*Based on individuals that fall in the 25 percent Federal tax bracket. Please consult your own financial or tax advisor for your unique situation.
If you donate $100 to the Endowment Fund today, ($35 for students) you can have your choice of mittens from the famous Ma Cheney Mittens Collection, crafted with love and care.
Sam’s Team has been established to honor the memory of Samuel A. Traut who was brutally murdered on June 23, 2015 in his home by a stranger. Sam’s Team establishes an annual scholarship and supports the bisonCatholic campus ministry program that had a profound impact on Sam.
Every year the Newman Center will recognize two NDSU students whose service to the bisonCatholic community has been exemplary with the Samuel A. Traut Outstanding Leadership Award. These two student awardees will also receive a $500 scholarship.
How Do I Join Sam’s Team?
To be a member of Sam's Team, we ask you to prayerfully consider a gift of $125 per month or $1500 per year. (Sam’s stewardship included monthly support to the Newman Center of $125/month). If you would like to make a gift in memory of Sam, for any amount, please know of our gratitude for your generosity.
About Samuel Traut
Sam, originally from Sartell, MN, attended NDSU from 2009 to 2013. He became active at St. Paul’s Newman Center when he joined a bible study and started volunteering in ministry and at events. Eventually Sam led his own bible study and became extremely active in the NDSU campus community with outreach, evangelization; he cultivated many friendships. After graduation, Sam began working full time for Stantec as a Field Inspector and Engineer in Training, the same company he had been interning with as a student. He continued his involvement at the Newman Center as a Knight of Columbus, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, and Religious Education Catechist, along with being an active volunteer with events. Sam also hosted a bible study at his house for men that he worked with and knew in college who were also graduated. Sam was a role model for everyone with his heroic witness of his deep faith and his desire to do the Will of God.
Ryan LaPlante, a friend and senior at NDSU said of Sam, “He worked hard in college. He worked hard at his job. He was a man you could depend on. For him, there was no separation between his life of faith and his temporal duties.” The impact that Sam had on the people at the Newman Center, his peers and the students at NDSU, was genuine and lasting.
Sam was well known for his great smile, genuine, fun-loving character, prank playing, swing dancing, mechanical skills and eagerness to help others. He was selfless, patient, loving, gentle, joyful, down-to-earth and deeply in love with God.
We are extremely grateful for the blessing of his presence at the Newman Center while we had him – because of his example of holiness, kindness and self-giving, he was truly inspiring. Sam was a member of the bisonCatholic Alumni Board and helped out at many fundraising functions. He was also a generous steward of the bisonCatholic campus ministry program.