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Linda Landon

Linda E. Landon’s Legacy
Linda Eoline (Vought) Landon was born in New York in 1856 and later moved with her family to Niles, Michigan. There, she married Rufus W. Landon in 1877. Read More

Yvonne Wilson garden sign

Yvonne Wilson: More than a donor, a legacy for MSU Horticulture Gardens
MSU alumna Yvonne Wilson made her first gift to the university more than three decades ago. Though modest, the contribution laid the foundation for more than $1.5 million of giving to MSU throughout her lifetime. Read More

Selma Hollander

Remembering Selma Hollander
A major patron and supporter of the College of Music, a friend to many, and a lively presence in Fairchild Theatre, Cook Recital Hall, at musicology lectures and throughout the community has passed away. Read More

Ruth Sotak

Combining a Love of Horses With a Gift for MSU
Ruth Sotak was a student at MSU in the 1980s. But, it wasn't until four years ago that the horse enthusiast learned about Michigan State's horse farm. "Isn't it interesting that the one thing I really wanted in my life I didn't know Michigan State offered—the horse farm?" she says. Read More

Margaret Tangenberg

A Scholarship Comes Full Circle
The year was 1955. John Hannah was at the mid-point of his long tenure, leading Michigan State through unprecedented growth. The school was celebrating its first 100 years of shaping minds, and 3,000 students were bestowed their undergraduate degrees, among them Margaret "Marge" Tangenberg of Grand Rapids. Read More

Dan and Janet Chegwidden

A Legacy 30 Years in the Making
If there has been one constant in University Advancement over the past 30 years, it has been Dan Chegwidden. He is the pioneer of what MSU knows today as the Office of Gift Planning, having served as the senior director for its entirety. As the Empower Extraordinary campaign came to a close in December 2018, so did Dan's committed and accomplished career at MSU. Read More

John and Ethel Anthony

Committed to Community
Gratitude defines John and Ethel Anthony's commitment to Michigan State and East Lansing. "It's really fantastic when you think about the value of having a university with the resources like MSU just down the street," John says. Read More

Edwin Carpenter

The (Extraordinary) Fruits of Labor
Edwin L. Carpenter loved three things in life: working, agriculture, and MSU. As a result of his lifelong commitment to work—and the fruits of a career that lasted through age 90—Carpenter was able to make a gift upon his death in 2014 that jointly honored his two other loves: a $1.6 million donation to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Read More

Jim and Janet Ireland

Training Next Generation a Top Priority for MSU Researchers
A husband-and-wife team of MSU researchers will fund annual scholarships for PhD candidates through their estates after their lifetimes.  Read More

Vince Foster

Alumni Embraces His Role in University's Future
A Michigan State counselor convinced Vince Foster to major in accounting simply by noting it was difficult. "That seemed to fit me," Vince says.  Read More

John and Ethel Anthony

Committed to Community
MSU has played an important role in John and Ethel Anthony's lives. Gratitude defines their commitment to Michigan State and East Lansing.  Read More

Fred and Susan Leitert

Alums to Give Their Home in the Name of Education
Alums Fred and Susan Leitert fell in love with Michigan State and decided to use their home to fund engineering scholarship to MSU students. Read More

Erica Montressor

Travel Abroad Experience Inspires Meaningful Gift
See how easy it was for one alumna to make an estate gift to support the Study Abroad program. Watch the Video

Jeanne Day

Transformed by Education
A scholarship allowed Jeanne Day to attend Michigan State University, where she later met her husband, Denver. To allow other students a similar opportunity, the couple created the Denver and Jeanne Day Endowed Scholarship Fund. Read More

Paul and Barbara Bishop

Finding Synergy With MSU
Paul Bishop and his wife, Barbara, created a family endowment to support an MSU program that provides safe water, health, sanitation, hygiene or education in developing countries. Read More

Mary Neller and David Jessup

Giving Back to Celebrate the Journey
David and Mary Jessup celebrate their journey at MSU by making gifts to support programs that had a positive impact on them. Read More

Kurt and Debbie Dunckel with MSU mascot

Building a Healthy MSU
Kurt and Mary Dunkel have made numerous short- and long-term commitments to MSU, including support to fund a residency and build a new critical care facility at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Read More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Michigan State University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give and devise to Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, the sum of $__________ dollars (or state percentage of estate) to be held, administered, and used by the Board of Trustees for support of Michigan State University in the area of greatest opportunity (or designated to your college or degree, academic, athletic or cultural program of your choice).

I instruct that all of my charitable gifts shall be made, to the extent possible, from property that constitutes "income in respect of a decedent" as that term is defined in the Internal Revenue Code.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to MSU or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSU as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and MSU where you agree to make a gift to MSU and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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