Many donors may not realize the capacity they have to positively impact the lives of students, faculty and Muskegon Catholic Central for generations. Most donors cannot afford to make a major gift to the school at a given moment in their lives, but planned giving provides an avenue through which the same people can give more than they ever thought possible.

Planned gifts are typically the largest and most significant gift a donor will ever make. At MCC, the evidence of planned giving and the effectiveness of such generosity permeates the institution. 


A named endowment creates a lasting legacy and offers an excellent way for donors to honor friends, family, colleagues, etc. with a permanent source of funding for a specific area of need as directed by those endowing the gifts.

Endowed funds are invested by the Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation so as to maximize the return on investment and to create income that is used to fund specific areas of need at MCC as designated by the donor. The result is a steady flow of funding each year with an endowment that continues to grow and which successively generates greater levels of income. At no time is the principal of the endowment spent, thus creating the ongoing stream of income for needs of the school and perpetuating a tribute to those whose names the endowments bear.


The tax advantages of planned giving may be substantial by providing immediate deductions and/or by greatly reducing estate taxes in the future. This is especially true when securities, properties and other assets that have appreciated in value may be involved. The total income, estate and capital gains tax savings, when combined with lower probate expenses, may be quite significant. The Muskegon Catholic Education Foundation recommends all planned giving be done with the advice of tax professionals and legal counsel.


The Msgr. Kehren Legacy Society honors alumni and friends who have made a deferred gift to support the Muskegon Education Foundation.