Planned Giving

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Welcome to your resource for charitable gift planning!

It's no secret that the programs of University of Detroit Mercy depend upon your goodwill. We've created this easy-to-understand Web site to help you dream a little, about our future and yours. There are many easy giving options from which you can choose—strategies that enhance your personal well being, as well as UDM.

If you're not sure where to begin, try our Build Your Gift planner. By answering a few basic questions, this interactive tool steps you through the process of narrowing down your choices. It's fun and easy to use!

If you already have gift options in mind, click on Compare Gifts to see how your choices match up or click on eBrochures to request specific information on a planning option. If you get lost, rest assured that we're always here to help. Simply contact Ann M. Fisher at (313) 993-1582 or fisheram@udmercy.edu with any questions.
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5 Steps to Better Protect Your Kids
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The Dangers of DIY Wills
Everyone loves to save time and money, and DIY estate planning seems like a perfect opportunity to do both. Sites like LegalZoom.com and RocketLawyer.com came on the scene a few years back and have steadily gained a following. Experts estimate that more than 1 million individuals use these sites every year to create wills and other estate documents. More

No Kids? You Still Need a Plan
Estate planning is for everyone, regardless of your marital status, income or age. Your life circumstances, however, will affect your plan. For example, estate planning for people without children has a different focus than planning for those with kids. More

Can't Help Right Now? Consider a Gift in Your Will or Trust
If you believe in our mission but don't want to part with money today, a gift in your will or living trust may be the donation option you've been looking for. More