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What is planned giving?
Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to charities through your financial and estate plans. The university welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements.
These arrangements can:
Provide for you or your loved ones
Entitle you to charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions
Enable you to leave a legacy for Stanford
Choosing the right planned gift depends on your personal circumstances and financial goals.
Bequests and estate plan gifts
You may make a bequest or gift through your estate by including a provision in your will or living trust, or by naming Stanford as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy. The amount left to the university (or any charity) can be expressed as a dollar amount or as a percentage of the assets to be given.
Life income gifts
A life income gift allows you to give assets to Stanford while providing yourself or others with income for a period of time before Stanford is permitted to use your gift. You may make a life income gift by transferring securities, cash, or other property to Stanford or a trustee. The university or trustee then manages the investment of the assets and pays an income to you, your designated beneficiaries, or both. Income payments continue for the beneficiaries’ lives or, in some cases, for a term of up to 20 years.
Join the Founding Grant Society
If you let Stanford know about your intended bequest or other planned gift, we will be able to thank you and recognize you as a member of the Founding Grant Society.
Why I give
Our gift to Stanford provides greater potential and greater possibility than anything we could do on our own.
Vic Althouse, PhD ’61, with his wife, Sue
An unusual path forges bright futures
Stanford helped Susan Harman, MBA ’79, set a new course. Her gift helps others do the same.
A win-win solution for charitable giving
With a charitable remainder unitrust gift, the Blochs were able to maximize their contributions, reduce their tax burden, and help to set the Stanford Law School up for long-term success.
A gift helps pay for retirement
After 40 years in their Palo Alto home, Steve and Karen Ross decided it was time to move on. They used an interest in the house to establish a charitable remainder unitrust, which gives them income payments for life.