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Champions for Philanthropy Provide for Future Generations

Mary Dupont

Ronald Pittori will fund the Salvatore, Marietta and Ronald Pittori '62 Endowed Scholarship for the next generation of students.

For more than 30 years, Mary L. Dupont '68, '93H and her husband Robert K. Decelles have generously supported Bryant.

Dupont credits her Bryant education as being integral to her successful 33-year career with accounting giant KPMG, where she served as partner-in-charge of human resources in 1990, the first woman to hold this senior management position at any of the "Big Six" accounting firms. Later, as an international tax partner, she was responsible for creating a single worldwide tax consulting process for the firm.

Drawing on the leadership skills developed at KPMG and through her civic board memberships, Dupont helped create the EfforTZ Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to provide quality education to impoverished children in the East African country of Tanzania.

Sharing her story with Bryant students majoring in marketing, entrepreneurship, and global studies, Dupont urges them to think broadly about how they might make a difference in the world.

As a tribute to Bryant, Dupont and Decelles have established an annual scholarship, made a multi-year pledge to endow their scholarship, and have each made bequests in their estate plans to add to this scholarship.

Members of Bryant's 1863 Society, which recognizes the year of Bryant's founding and honors individuals who have provided for Bryant through their estate plan or a life income gift, the couple has included a gift to Bryant in their will. It ensures the important legacy of their endowed scholarship will continue into the future.

Their philanthropy ensures that future generations of Bryant students will benefit from an unmatched education that anticipates the future in a changing world.

Bryant University honored Mary Dupont and Robert Decelles as Champions for Philanthropy and presented them with the Outstanding 1863 Society Members Award for 2014.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Bryant University 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

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"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Bryant University [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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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 Bryant University 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 Bryant University 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 Bryant University 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 Bryant University where you agree to make a gift to Bryant University 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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