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Ways to give

Create your legacy through a planned gift

Charitable gifts help you meet your current philanthropic goals and extend your generosity well into the future. But did you know that a planned gift can also protect your assets, provide for your family, and guarantee you income for life? You can even make a significant impact through a gift that costs nothing in your lifetime (through a charitable bequest under your will).

Eight ways to make a planned gift

To read about one of the eight basic ways to make a planned gift, select the one below that best fits your situation.

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Bequests allow you to secure an estate-tax deduction for the value of your gift.
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You can support the University of Rochester and retain income for yourself and loved ones.
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Lead trusts allow you to benefit the University of Rochester now, then your heirs.
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Consider retirement-plan benefits for a significant gift to the University of Rochester.
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An estate note is an irrevocable pledge or debt against the donor's estate.
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Many donors find a donor-advised fund to be an economically attractive alternative to a private foundation.
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Explore some ideas about how to make a special gift in celebration of your reunion.
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Giving cash is simple, but giving assets such as stocks often offers additional tax savings.


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