A Gift in Your Will: Getting Started
We hope you'll consider including a gift to the South Dakota State University Foundation in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:
- Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed. The bequest language for SDSU Foundation is: "I give, devise and bequeath to the South Dakota State University Foundation, a nonprofit educational corporation located in Brookings, SD, the sum of $_____ (or % of my estate or property herein described) to be used for the purpose of (example: student assistance, faculty development, research, etc.)."
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I wish to inform you that South Dakota State University is in my/our estate plan.
- Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
- Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
- Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift's full value.
Your circumstances may change and you can change your gift at any time.
How It Works
To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust.
Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate. Or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, the South Dakota State University Foundation receives your gift.
When planning a future gift, it's sometimes difficult to determine what size donation will make sense. Emergencies happen, and you need to make sure your family is financially taken care of first. Including a bequest of a percentage of your estate ensures that your gift will remain proportionate no matter how your estate's value fluctuates over the years.
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We Can Help
Contact John Gustafson at 605-697-7475 or 888-747-7378 or John.Gustafson@SDStateFoundation.org with any questions about naming the South Dakota State University Foundation in your will or living trust. We're happy to help, without obligation.
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The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For legal or tax advice, please consult an attorney. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes apply to federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.