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Bryant as a Lifelong Passion

William J. Fox "He had many passions in life—the ocean and boating, golf, friends and family. And most certainly, Bryant." A man who stayed close to the things that mattered most to him, the late William J. Fox ’64, was a model for engaged alumni. He left a strong impression on his niece, Rebecca Hayes, who speaks today of her uncle’s long-lasting relationship with the school.

"He was very proud to be an alumnus and was actively involved," Hayes adds.

Fox’s dedication to Bryant became evident recently in the form of a six-figure estate gift. The gift furthers the ambitious goals of Expanding the World of Opportunity: The Campaign for Bryant’s Bold Future, and it will have a significant impact in advancing initiatives to ensure the best possible educational experience for students across the University.

This was only the latest manifestation of Fox’s special bond with Bryant. He made recurring contributions to the Bryant Fund over the course of three decades. He was also a presence at alumni gatherings of all kinds. Fox participated as a guest speaker at World Trade Day, Bryant’s annual event that welcomes public officials and business leaders in ​manufacturing, ​global ​supply ​chains, ​and emerging ​export ​markets. On this stage and others, Fox represented Bryant alumni and strengthened the University’s leading position as a resource for businesses operating in the global marketplace.

With his estate gift, Fox becomes a member of the 1863 Society. He joins a circle of distinguished alumni who combine a lifetime of active commitment with a gift to Bryant in their estate plans.

A marketing major, Fox went on to establish a 25-year career with Union Wadding Company, where he rose to vice president for sales and marketing. Throughout his professional life, Bryant always stayed close to Fox’s heart.

"He loved his alma mater," Hayes says. "My uncle always attributed his professional success to his education at Bryant."

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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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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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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