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A Better Tomorrow Starts With You

Making a gift to support a cause you believe in doesn't have to change your current day-to-day spending. You can help Bryant University achieve our mission without putting your daily budget at risk by adding a future gift to your long-term life plans. When combined with your current support, you can take your generosity to the next level and make a big impact on an organization near and dear to you.

Gifts You Make Today

Here are some ways you can help Bryant University address our most pressing needs:

  • Donate cash. You can give a little every year or one lump sum.
  • Make a gift of other assets. Stocks, bonds, real estate and other property that have grown in value since you first purchased them make it possible to give a larger donation for less cost—and can provide you with tax benefits.
  • Volunteer. Spread the word about why you support Bryant University. Feel free to contact Bryant University if you are interested in opportunities to get more involved.

Plan a Gift for Later

These are ways you can give a gift without immediately giving up assets:

  • Include Bryant University in your will or trust. You can give a specific amount or leave a percentage of your estate. And know that you can change your mind at any time.
  • Donate retirement plan assets. All you need to do is name Bryant University as a beneficiary of a certain percentage (1-100) of your plan's assets. When you name Bryant University as a beneficiary, you also spare your loved ones from costly taxes.
  • Donate a life insurance policy. You can donate a no-longer-needed policy or simply name Bryant University as the beneficiary.

Contact Ed Magro at 401-232-6528 or emagro@bryant.edu to discuss the right mix of gifts for you. It would be my pleasure to help you as you discover how to create your personal, impactful legacy at Bryant University.

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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

Bequest Language

"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."

able to be changed or cancelled

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 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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