Gift and Estate Planning

In Matthew 25, Christ teaches his disciples an important lesson about stewardship. He tells them the story of a master who, before leaving on a journey, entrusted each of his servants with a certain amount of money, or talents. Upon his return, he asked them to account for what they had done with the sums given to them. Those who had invested the talents wisely were rewarded with more responsibility. But the one who did not, the one who held onto the talent and didn’t let it bear fruit, was stripped of his responsibility.

Through that parable, Jesus helps us see that the question for his disciples is not how much we’ve been entrusted with, but rather what we do with what we’ve been given. That’s Christian stewardship. It is the careful and responsible management of the financial resources God has entrusted to us. We are all called to use what God has given us prudently and faithfully, providing for our own needs, while at the same time, helping build up his kingdom in the world. When you make a planned gift to Franciscan University you are exercising faithful Christian stewardship. You are giving back to God, using your resources to bring glory and honor to Him.

  • What is Gift Planning?

  • Why Franciscan?

  • What, Where, and How to Give

  • What You Can Expect From Our Gift Planner

What is Gift Planning?

Gift planning means choosing ways to give to Franciscan University that help you meet both your financial and charitable goals. We can work with you and your financial advisor to help you find ways to give that will allow you to earn income, pay fewer taxes, and get more from your estate. Planned gifts are a wonderful way to help others while helping oneself. With thoughtful planning, we all have the power to make a substantial difference. That’s what effective gift planning is all about.

Contact Us

We greatly appreciate our generous friends and alumni who carefully plan their gifts. If you would like more information, ideas, or help with this process, please call Paul T. Bernetsky, Director for Leadership and Planned Giving, at 740-284-5845 or email him at

Legal Disclaimer

The materials provided on this website are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal or tax advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your own tax or estate planning advisor, preferably an attorney or certified public accountant, before making any substantial gift.


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Helen White

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Elisha Valladares-Cormier '20

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