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Welcome Coach Kliewer ‘03

Welcome Coach Kliewer ‘03

Posted on 14 December 2016 by editor

skbc1216Grace University alumnus Shawn Kliewer ‘03 begins his first season as the head men’s basketball coach. Kliewer makes it clear that he loves coaching and has a deep desire to affect people for Christ though athletics. “The goal of the men’s basketball team is to come together as a family in order to have a successful basketball team while keeping our central focus on glorifying and honoring God,” said Kliewer.

Coach Kliewer stands on a long history with Grace University. While earning his B.S. with a double major in urban ministries and biblical studies, Coach Kliewer played basketball for four years and served as team captain his senior year. During the ’03-’04 season Shawn was the assistant men’s basketball coach before playing professional basketball in Germany the following year.

He returned to Grace University to coach the women’s basketball team from 2009 to 2015. It was during the ’11-’12 season that he led the women’s basketball team to the regional championship. This was the first time grace women had ever gone to the NCCAA D2 national tournament. Coach Kliewer also earned the regional coach of the year for that season.

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Men’s Soccer welcomes new coach

Men’s Soccer welcomes new coach

Posted on 14 December 2016 by editor

Brian_Locke_asst_coachBrian Locke will enter the 2017 season as head coach of the men’s soccer team after serving as the assistant coach in 2016. Coach Locke is excited to work with the current student-athletes and bring in new recruits to shape them into collegiate players who honor Christ in all their actions, on and off the field. Brian played for the Royals in 2003 when the team went to their second consecutive NCCAA National Tournament. After the season, Brian joined the U.S Air Force and continued to play soccer for the base team.

Brian’s soccer experience began at age four and has continued ever since. He played three years at the varsity level for his high school, as well as at Bellevue Soccer Club and other various teams, and he continues to play in local indoor and outdoor leagues. In addition to coaching youth soccer, Coach Locke has also been a Martial Arts instructor in Jiu Jitsu. To further his education and coaching abilities Brian is currently enrolled at the United States Sports Academy.

“The most rewarding aspect of the position is being able to watch the student-athletes grow and mature, not only as soccer players, as men serving Christ,” said Coach Locke.

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Inez I. Heinrichs, ’54

Posted on 12 December 2016 by editor

heinrichsinez1207Inez I. Heinrichs ’54, age 81 of Henderson, Neb., died Dec. 7, 2016. She was born Nov. 12, 1935, in Sutton to Jacob and Bertha (Ollenberger) Nachtigal. Inez was a longtime member of the Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson and a member of Mission Circle. She loved gardening, making crafts and following her grandchildren to their sporting events. She was an avid reader and painter, she loved going to coffee with her sisters and friends. On Aug. 20, 1960, she was married to Delbert Heinrichs in Henderson.

Inez is survived by her daughter, Debra (Randy) Wilhelm and her son, Joel (Connie) Heinrichs all of Henderson. Her grandchildren include, Nicholas (Taylor) Heinrichs of Henderson, Katie Wilhelm of Omaha, Jordan Heinrichs and Rhianna Wilhelm both of Henderson and great-grandson Dawson Wild of Henderson. She also is survived by her brother, Hank Nachtigal of Aurora; sisters, Doris Classen of Holdrege and Kathy (Dave) Clayton of Lushton.  Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Joan Nachtigal of Aurora and a brother-in-law, Elvis “Short” (Nancy) Heinrichs of Lincoln. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; her brother, Willis Nachtigal; brother-in-law, Jerry Classen and a sister-in-law, Janis Nachtigal.

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The Benefit of Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs (QCDs)

The Benefit of Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs (QCDs)

Posted on 05 December 2016 by editor

I want to share with you a giving method that has proven advantageous to me and one of my favorite investments, Grace University.

In December 2015, Congress made permanent a law allowing you to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from your individual retirement account (IRA) when you 26853920325_7ff150590b_k-1are over 70 1/2 years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). I have used this method of giving for a good number of years but each year waited to see if it would be renewed. Now it is possible to plan for current and future years.

When you take money out of your IRA it is a taxable event, whether it is the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) or a larger amount. The withdrawal adds to your taxable income and inflates your adjusted gross income (AGI). Since a QCD is not taxable income in the first place, it has no effect on your AGI. This is important because itemized deduction phase-outs, exemption phase-outs, Roth contribution eligibility, the net investment income Medicare surtax, Medicare premium costs, the taxability of Social Security income, and some credit phase-outs all factor off your AGI. Furthermore, giving a QCD directly from your IRA can allow you to benefit from charitable giving even if you don’t normally itemize your deductions. Giving directly from your IRA allows you to ignore your QCD IRA distribution when calculating your taxable income and also take the standard deduction.

Normally, charitable giving can only be deducted if it is less than 50% of your AGI. Giving directly from your IRA allows you to effectively reduce your AGI even if the gift amount would otherwise be greater than 50% of your AGI. Qualified Charitable Distributions count as IRA distributions and can be used to satisfy all or part of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). This makes them particularly useful for senior citizens who are still working, have a large pension, or, in general, find themselves in a higher tax bracket.

The Board of Trustees of Grace University approved a budget last summer that anticipates significant financial support from friends and alumni this year end. I encourage you to make a significant Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA, as I have done. I am very willing to answer any questions you may have regarding how to process this. Please notify Grace University of a check coming from your IRA custodian so checks sent direct to the charity are donors identified.

Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving as a time of giving and a time for family celebration.

Mel Friesen, Planned Giving Volunteer
402.490.4795
mfriesen@graceu.edu

How To Do A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

  1. Already be age 70 ½ on the date of distribution
  2. Submit a distribution form to the IRA custodian, requesting that the check be made payable directly to the charity
  3. Ensure that no tax withholding is being done from the QCD to the charity (as the money must actually go to the charity to qualify, and as a non-taxable distribution no withholding should be necessary)
  4. Send the check directly to the charity, or to the IRA owner to be forwarded along to the charity

While the process of completing a QCD to a charity is fairly straightforward, the key administrative requirement is that the distribution check must be made payable directly to the charitable entity. If the funds go to the IRA owner and are then passed along to the charity, it is still a taxable distribution to the IRA owner and not a QCD.

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