Harry Petchesky ‘55

Harry Petchesky ‘55

Harry Petchesky ‘55

"As a 62 year member of the Poly alumni group, the name Joseph Dana Allen has a significant meaning to me. In his last year as Headmaster, Doctor Allen interviewed me for admission to the First Form. I had heard that he often asked candidates for admission to recite a poem. I memorized “Trees” and a couple of other short verses. The question never arose, but I guess I did well enough to pass muster. My mother didn’t hurt by mentioning as we were leaving that “Harry’s sister who will be a Senior at Packer next year is very interested in his application”. Dr. Allen’s eyes lit up as he said, Oh really” Lest anyone think otherwise, Poly and Packer were both single sex schools in those days so there was no divided loyalty in our family.

The word loyalty is appropriate. I became a member of the Joseph Dana Alan Society when it was formed. I firmly believe that every alumna, alumnus, parent, or friend of Poly should join the Society. That is one very good way to express your loyalty and assure that our school will survive and thrive as it has since 1854 and, particularly, since 1917 when Poly moved to its present campus in, and Dr. Allen began his 32 year career as Poly’s headmaster, or as we would say today, “Head of School”."

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Poly Prep Country Day School a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give and bequeath to POLY PREP COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL ("Poly Prep"), 9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228, the sum of $___ [or ___% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate] to be added to the principal of Poly Prep's endowment fund to be used for the unrestricted needs of the school.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Poly Prep or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Poly Prep as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Poly Prep as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Poly Prep where you agree to make a gift to Poly Prep and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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