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Ways to Give

The form of your particular gift should reflect your specific wishes and circumstances. Keep in mind that in all cases—whether you make a gift of cash, stock, or some other asset—your gift can be directed to any area of Bethlehem University that is of particular interest to you.

This section provides you with the information you need to tailor a gift to your specific circumstances.

 

Donate Online

Click here to make a gift online. Our website is secure and maintaining your privacy is our priority. All online donations will receive an immediate email acknowledgement. Please note: We are in the process of reconfiguring our capabilities to accept recurring online gifts.

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Donate by Mail

For your convenience, Bethlehem University is pleased to offer a number of options for donors wishing to mail a contribution:

 

Local and International

Gifts from the local and international community can be made via check payable to “Bethlehem University” through the Development Office at Bethlehem University.

Bethlehem University
Development Office
PO Box 11407
92248 Jerusalem
Tel: +972 2 2741241
Fax: +972 2 2744440

United States and Australia

In the United States, The Bethlehem University Foundation is an independent non-for-profit organization charged with the mission of supporting Bethlehem University and is eligible for employer matching grants (22-3600739). For your convenience, gifts from Australia can be made directly to the Foundation by using the website www.bufusa.org.  All checks can be made payable to “Bethlehem University Foundation.”

Bethlehem University Foundation
P.O.Box 355
Beltsville, MD 20704-0355
USA
 
Tel: 240-241-4381 
Fax: 240-553-7691
 

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Friends of Bethlehem University (FOBU) is a registered charity (#1077818). Donations are eligible for Gift Aid. Checks can be made payable to “Friends of Bethlehem University.”

Mr. Michael Dawson
Senior Treasurer
Friends of Bethlehem University in the United Kingdom
Flat 2 Colleton Park,101, North Road,Hythe
CT21 4AS, United Kingdom

United Arab Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, gifts can be made through the Friends of Bethlehem University in the UAE.

Mr. Anton Kattan
PO Box 7674
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: 971-2-634-3969

Canada

In Canada, gifts eligible for Canadian tax credit to support Bethlehem University may be made payable to “CNEWA Canada” with a letter indicating the gift is to support Bethlehem University.

Mr. Carl Hetu
CNEWA Canada
1247 Kilborn Place
Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9
Canada
Tel: 866-322-4441

Ireland

In Ireland, Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland (FBU-I) is an approved charity (CHY6868) and is authorized for tax rebates (1315).

Dr. John Kelly
Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland
89 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2 Ireland

Italy

In Italy by donating to Bethlehem University through De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale - ONLUS you are eligivle to earn a tax benefit in Italy.

De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale - ONLUS
Via Aurelia 476 00165 Roma (Italia)
Tel +39 06 665231
Fax +39 06 6638821

Bank Transfers

Transfers to Italy Account - Bethlehem University
 
De La Salle Solidarietà Internazionale - ONLUS
Bank: Banca Popolare di Sondrio
Country: Italy
Branch: Roma 7 Baldo degli Ubaldi
IBAN for €: IT52 R056 9603 2070 00007241X70 
IBAN for $: IT10 M056 9603 207V ARUS 0007241 
SWIFT: POSOIT22
Description: Bethlehem University

 

Switzerland

In Switzerland, gifts can be made through the Association Universite de Bethlehem (ABU).

Mr. Klaus Rollin
Wassergraben 4
Postfach 397
CH 6210 Sursee
Switzerland
Tel: 0041-41-920 45 37
Fax: 0041-41 920 45 48

New Zealand

In New Zealand, gifts eligible for tax credit to support Bethlehem University may be made payable to “Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand” with a letter indicating the gift is to support Bethlehem University.

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
PO Box 12-193
Wellington 6144, New Zealand
Tel: 64 4 496 1742

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Bank Transfers

Gifts in U.S. dollars and in foreign currency may be wired directly from your bank to one of Bethlehem University’s bank with the following wire transfer information below. 

NOTE: Should you make a bank transfer to one of the accounts listed above, it is critical that you alert Bethlehem University in advance so that the gift will be properly credited when received at Bethlehem University’s bank. To advise of an anticipated wire transfer, kindly send an e-mail to the Brother Stephen Tuohy, Vice President for Development (stuohy@bethlehem.edu) with the following information:

  • Name of donor
  • Amount of wire transfer, curreny specified (i.e., Jordanian dinars, Euros, British pounds, etc.)
  • Purpose of gift/gift designation
  • Name/location of sending bank
  • Date of expected transfer

Transfers to USA Account - Bethlehem University  Foundation 

Wire funds to:

PNC Bank
Brookland Branch
3806 12th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017

ABA routing #031000053

For final credit to: Bethlehem University Foundation Inc Gift Account #53-3579-7974

Transfers to Palestine Account - Bethlehem University

Arab Bank – Bethlehem Branch #853
Address: Bethlehem-Palestine
Account Name: Bethlehem University
USD Account: 709444-510 IBAN# PS78 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4451 0
EURO Account: 709444-530 IBAN# PS23 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4453 0 
GBP Account: 709444-520 IBAN# PS02 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4452 0 
NIS Account: 709444-570 IBAN# PS10 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4457 0
JOD Account: 709444-500 IBAN# PS57 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4450 0
Swift Code: ARABPS22050

Transfers to Intermediary Bank for USD Acount only:

FIELD 54A TO BE AS FOLLOWS:
SWIFIT CODE:CITIUS33
CITI BANK N.A
NEW YORK
USA

FIELD 56A TO BE AS FOLLOWS:
SWIFT CODE: ARABJOAX100
/36329879
ARAB BANK PLC
JORDAN BRANCHES CENTER
AMMAN-JODRAN

FIELD 57A TO BE AS FOLLOWS:
ARABPS22XXX
ARAB BANK PLC
RAMALLAH PS

FIELD 59 TO BE AS FOLLOWS.
/THE IBAN NO OF THE BENEF: PS78 ARAB 0000 0000 9050 7094 4451 0
BENEF FULL NAME :  Bethlehem University

Transfers to Europe Account - Bethlehem University

Pax-Bank eG
Christophstraße 35, 50670 Köln, Germany
Branch No. 370 601 93
US Dollars Account Number: 58062022 IBAN Number: DE 20 37060193 00 58062022
Euro Account Number: 58062014 IBAN Number: DE 42 37060193 00 58062014
Swift / BIC Code: GENODED1PAX
Fax: 0049-221-16015-916
Phone: 0049-221-16015-188

 

 

Transfers in Swizerland via the Association Universite de Bethlehem (ABU):

Pax-Bank eG
Christophstraße 35, 50670 Köln, Germany
Branch No. 370 601 93
US Dollars Account Number: 58062022 IBAN Number: DE 20 37060193 00 58062022
Euro Account Number: 58062014 IBAN Number: DE 42 37060193 00 58062014
Swift / BIC Code: GENODED1PAX
Fax: 0049-221-16015-916
Phone: 0049-221-16015-188

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Stocks

Giving stocks, bonds, and mutual funds are a fast and easy way to make a gift to Bethlehem University. Gifts of stock can be directed to any area of Bethlehem University and can help you diversify your assets and minimize capital gains taxes. Talk to your financial planner about the benefits such a gift may provide for you. Most stocks are transferred electronically. Should you wish to make a gift of stock, bonds or other securities, please contact:

Brother Stephen Tuohy, FSC
Vice President for Development
stuohy@bethlehem.edu
(202) 536-2446

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Matching Gifts

Expand the impact of your contribution through a matching gift from your employer.  Many corporations and foundations offer employees a matching gift benefit that doubles or even triples the value of a charitable contribution to Bethlehem University. To find out if your employer offers a matching gifts program, contact your Human Resources department or benefits office for the necessary requirements. After you complete the required information, return a copy of the form with your gift.

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Gifts in Memory or in Honor

Both memorial and celebratory gifts to Bethlehem University can accomplish multiple goals. They can celebrate a personal milestone, honor or commemorate a loved one—and, of course, further Bethlehem University’s service to the people of the Holy Land.

Memorial Gifts

Gifts to commemorate a family member, friend, or faculty member can be designated toward any existing Bethlehem University program or fund—perhaps one to which the decedent directed gifts during his or her lifetime—or left to the discretion of Bethlehem University where the need is the greatest.

You might also choose to establish a named memorial fund or a named memorial endowed fund. For example, an endowed memorial fund with gifts of $75,000 could establish a named endowed scholarship. If you have a specific purpose in mind for the fund, you should discuss this with development staff. However, it is possible to establish a memorial fund in the name of the decedent and decide on a specific purpose at a later time. After several months, when the stream of gifts has slowed, development staff will review with the family the amount on hand, discusses the likelihood of additional gifts, and helps them choose a designated use of the fund appropriate for the gifts received and expected. If no specific designation is decided upon the fund in the name of the person being memorialized, may be used for general support of Bethlehem University.

Should you wish to include this information in an obituary, here is some sample wording:

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Bethlehem University for the [name of fund]. Checks should be payable to Bethlehem University and mailed to Bethlehem University Foundation,P.O. Box 3556001, Ammendale Road, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD  20705, USA. Please include a note stating that your gift is in memory of [name].

Celebratory gifts

Celebratory gifts to Bethlehem University can celebrate a personal milestone – such as a religious jubilee, birthday, retirement or anniversary. Consider requesting donations to Bethlehem University in lieu of gifts. Such gifts will be recorded in honor of the person being celebrated.

Just like memorial gifts, celebratory gifts – no matter their size – can be designated toward a specific Bethlehem University program or fund. Or, their use may be left to the discretion of Bethlehem University.

To set up a tribute gift program, please contact Bethlehem University Foundation at 240-241-4381 

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Planned Giving

There are creative ways to support Bethlehem University in which you, your loved ones and Bethlehem University all benefit at the same time. Such a means of giving is called a planned gift, because with thoughtful planning you can create a smart financial plan and a win-win solution for you and for Bethlehem University.

For example, you can leave a legacy to Bethlehem University by bequest, trust, or retirement plan. These gifts help reduce your taxable estate while allowing you to retain full control of your assets throughout your lifetime. A gift through your estate ensures that your commitment to Bethlehem University will continue beyond your lifetime, creating a lasting impact for Bethlehem University and its students.

The following options are for informational purposes only, specifically regarding regulations within the United States. For information in your country, please consult a local financial planner or attorney.

Naming Bethlehem University in your will

Through your estate, you can leave a lasting legacy to support the work of Bethlehem University as an “oasis of peace” and “beacon of hope” in the Holy Land. Please let us know if you have included Bethlehem University in your estate plans so that we may acknowledge your generosity.

To make an estate gift, your attorney can draft a statement in your will conveying your desire to:

Give the Entire Residue of your Estate: I give the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, after the payment of all expenses, taxes, and debts, to Bethlehem University Foundation presently located at P.O. Box 355, 6001 Ammendale Road, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Give a Fraction of your Estate: I give Bethlehem University Foundation _____ % (fraction spelled out) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, after payment of all specified bequests, expenses, taxes, and debts, to Bethlehem University Foundation presently located at P.O. Box 355, 6001 Ammendale Road, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Give a Specific Amount of your Estate: I give $ _____ (number spelled out) to Bethlehem University Foundation presently located at P.O. Box 355, 6001 Ammendale Road, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Give a Contingent Amount:  If none of the persons I have identified above as beneficiaries of my estate survive me, I give the rest, residue, and remainder to Bethlehem University Foundation presently located at P.O. Box 355, 6001 Ammendale Road, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD 20705.

Giving Bethlehem University a Life Insurance Benefit

A life insurance policy may be an attractive asset with which you can help Bethlehem University, especially if the need for the original insurance purchase is no longer necessary. 

Name Bethlehem University as the Beneficiary of the Policy

Naming Bethlehem University as the primary or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance policy will allow your estate a charitable estate tax deduction for the proceeds of the policy. If you retain any control over the policy, no income tax deduction is allowed; however, if Bethlehem University is named both the sole owner and beneficiary of a paid-up policy, you may receive an immediate charitable deduction for the lesser of the policy's fair market value or the net premiums paid. Additional premiums that you pay may also be tax deductible. Speak with your insurance agent for a beneficiary designation that will allow you to name Bethlehem University as the beneficiary of all or a portion of the insurance policy proceeds.

Name Bethlehem University as the Owner and the Beneficiary of the Policy

Naming Bethlehem University as the Owner and the Beneficiary of the Policy will generate a charitable income tax deduction for the value of the policy on the date it is transferred to Bethlehem University. Contact your financial planner to determine the benefits this type of gift might have for you.

Naming Bethlehem University as a beneficiary of your IRA or Retirement Plan

Most retirement assets, including 401(k)s and IRAs, are income tax-deferred, meaning that income tax is not paid until the funds are distributed to you in life, or upon your death. This taxation makes retirement assets among the most costly assets to distribute to loved ones.

When retirement assets pass to heirs, they can lose up to 85 percent of their value to estate, gift, and income taxes. If you designate them to Bethlehem University, they are not taxed, and their full value supports the purpose you choose. Thus, giving retirement assets magnifies your impact without costing your heirs.

To name or change a primary or contingent beneficiary, simply contact the administrator of the IRA or retirement plan for a change of beneficiary form. If you would like to name Bethlehem University as beneficiary, decide what percentage of the plan's value (0-100 percent) will be dedicated and return the form to the administrator of the plan.

To learn more, please contact Br. Dominic Smith, FSC at  brds@bufusa.org or by calling 240-241-4381.

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Brother Stephen Tuohy

Br. Stephen Tuohy, FSC
Vice President for Advancement
stuohy@bethlehem.edu
Phone: 02-2741241 ext. 2265

Isaac Sahhar - Bethlehem Office
Assistant Vice President for Advancement
isahhar@bethlehem.edu

 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Email: brds@bufusa.org
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
E-mail: info@bethlehem.edu
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine