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Ways to Give

Make a Gift

Generations of students have been transformed by their DePauw experience. Your gift makes it possible.

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A gift to DePauw University is a meaningful statement of your belief in the mission of the institution and its ability to provide its students with a transformative liberal arts experience. Whether you support our Annual Giving programs, make life-changing opportunities for study abroad possible or establish an endowed scholarship fund, your gifts to DePauw are deeply appreciated.

Your philanthropy at DePauw can take many forms, each equally important, and allows you to make the gift that is right for your financial situation.  Whether it is an immediate gift of cash, securities or property, a life-income gift such as a gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, or a planned gift through your will, your loyalty to DePauw will support this generation of students and beyond.

Types of Giving and Assets

Pledges or new commitments can be made at any point and most commonly fulfilled through gifts of cash, securities, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.  A gift of securities may also yield additional tax benefits through the avoidance of capital gains; you should discuss this with your financial advisor, as every situation is different.

Many donors are eligible to have their gift matched if their employer offers a matching gift program.  If you are unsure if this benefit is available to you please check with your employer’s human resources department.

Life-income gifts, such as a charitable gift annuity or remainder trust, can provide a lifetime of income through your charitable gift.  In some cases, if using cash or low-yield assets such as a certificate of deposit, you may increase your annual income through establishing a life-income gift with DePauw.

A bequest in your will or through your living trust allows you to make a gift to DePauw that, in many cases, was not possible during life.  You maintain control over your assets during life to meet unexpected needs and your estate will earn an estate tax deduction for the value of your gift when realized by DePauw. 

Real estate and personal property make wonderful gifts.  Primary residences, vacation homes, farms or personal property such as art are popular choices for many donors.

Beneficiary designations of retirement plan benefits and tax deferred assets, such as IRA and 401K plans, make excellent gift choices.  When given to DePauw, these assets pass untaxed to the University, whereas leaving them to heirs can result in tax liabilities.

Life insurance is a forward-thinking gift that often allows you to make a larger gift than otherwise may have been possible.  Whether you have an existing policy that is no longer needed or a new one, you can name DePauw as either the beneficiary or the owner, and may be able to deduct your premium payments.

For more information, contact:

Stephen S. Thomas, J.D.
Executive Director of Legacy and Estate Planning
300 E. Seminary St.
Greencastle, IN 46135
Phone: (765) 658-4216
Email: stevethomas@depauw.edu

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