A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift to South Dakota State University that will make a lasting impact.
Benefits of a bequest
- Receive an estate tax charitable deduction.
- Reduce the burden of taxes on your family.
- Leave a lasting legacy to charity.
How a bequest works
A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends, or South Dakota State University as part of your estate plan, or you can make a bequest using a beneficiary designation form.
Here are some of the ways to leave a bequest to
the South Dakota State University Foundation.
- Include a bequest to the South Dakota State University Foundation in your will or revocable trust.
- Designate the South Dakota State University Foundation as a full, partial, or contingent beneficiary of your retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or pension).
- Name the South Dakota State University Foundation as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
A bequest may be made in several ways
- Percentage bequest - make a gift of a percentage of your estate
- Specific bequest - make a gift of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset
- Residual bequest - make a gift from the balance or residue of your estate
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If you are considering a gift to SDSU, we would be happy to assist you. If you have been so generous as to include a bequest to South Dakota State University as part of your estate plan, it is very important to communicate with the Office of Gift Planning to ensure your gift is designated as you intend. We would like to recognize you and your family for your generosity.
The method used to make a bequest will depend on the kind of gift you choose to leave to the South Dakota State University Foundation.
Bequests of real estate, personal property, business interests, and cash are typically made by way of a will, revocable trust, or even a simple codicil to your current estate plan. Your estate planning attorney can assist you in preparing the necessary papers for you to complete the bequest.
Other bequests, such as those involving retirement assets, insurance policies, bank accounts and stocks and bonds are typically made by completing the appropriate beneficiary designation form. Simply contact your retirement plan administrator, life insurance company, bank, or investment broker and ask them to send you the appropriate "beneficiary designation" or "payable on death" form. To complete your bequest, you will need to complete and sign the form and then send it back to the person who originally sent the form to you.
The last step in leaving any bequest involves the transfer to charity. When you pass away, the bequest property will be transferred to the South Dakota State University Foundation. The full value of this gift will be transferred tax-free, and your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction.