The Phelan-Wiberley Society

Over the years, The Rensselaer Newman Foundation and the parish, Christ Sun of Justice, has been the beneficiary of the thoughtful giving of donors who choose to support the Foundation’s work through planned gifts. In fact, the Foundation’s largest estate gift has come from our very own founder Fr. Thomas Phelan.

In November 2014, the Board of Trustees, enthusiastically, endorsed the formation of the Phelan-Wiberley Society. This community is the Foundation’s way of formally welcoming and recognizing those who have committed to RNF, and/or the parish, in their estate plans. Beginning in 2015 those with estate gifts that notify us that they have included us in their long-term financial and estate planning, become members of the Phelan-Wiberley Society.

Planned gifts provide financial flexibility and various tax benefits for donors. Planned gifts also provide an effective means of financial stewardship, redirecting money to needs that would otherwise become lost to estate, capital gains or income taxes. Because a planned gift requires careful consideration of a donor’s personal, financial and charitable goals and desires, we encourage you to consult with your financial, tax or legal adviser.

If you would like to share your name and intentions with us or learn more, please contact Diane Waters at or (518) 276-6517.

To specify in your plans, The Rensselaer Newman Foundation, is a 501 (c)( 3) nonprofit organization located at RPI, Student Union Room 3514, 110 8th St, Troy NY 12180-3522.

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