Direct Your Support
How you can Support the College of Education
Alumni and friends of the College who wish to make a contribution are encouraged to consider the donor options listed below:
Cash is often the most convenient form of giving opportunities arise through the annual University or College phonathons or by contacing representatives of the college directory.
Cash gifts are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes provided a donor itimizes deductions.
Pledges enable a donor to plan a personal giving program that is both convenient and tax-wise. A pledge may enable a donor to consider a more significant gift than would have been otherwise possible. Terms for payments on pledges are flexible and at the option of the donor.
Securities may be made as outright gifts or as a payment on a pledge. Stock certificates may be reassigned directly to the UW-Foundation, Inc. or may be transferred through the donor's broker. The mean market value on the date of the transfer will determine the value of the gift for tax purposes. It is best to consult with the College Advancement Office before a transaction is made.
Gifts of appreciated securities may be tax deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is based on the full fair market value, and capital gains tax is not due when the stock is transferred to the University.
In certain instances, it may be preferable from an estate, financial and tax planning perspective to consider long-term planned giving as the best way to make a gift. This can be accomplished through various gift instruments described below.
What is Planned Giving?
The term "planned giving" refers to charitable gifts that require some planning before they are made. Planned gifts are popular because they can provide valuable tax benefits and/or income for life.
Whether a donor uses cash or other assets, such as real estate, artwork, or partnership interests, the benefits of funding a planned gift can make this type of charitable giving very attractive to both the donor and charity.
Potential benefits of planned gifts:
- Increase current income for the donor or others
- Reduce the donor's income tax
- Avoid capital gains tax
- Pass assets to family at a reduced tax cost
- Make significant donations to charity
With the assistance of a well-informed development officer and/or financial advisor, anyone can craft a planned gift to meet his or her charitable and financial goals.
Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, and contracts between a donor and a charity. Basic descriptions of the most popular types of planned gifts follow.
Types of planned gifts
Bequest - When a donor decides to leave assets to charity in her will, she is making a bequest. The donor's estate will receive a charitable estate tax deduction at her death, when the gift is made to charity.
Gift Annuity - A gift annuity is a contract between a charity and a donor. In return for a donation of cash or other assets, the charity agrees to pay a fixed payment for life to the donor or to a friend or family member of the donor's choosing. The donor also can claim a charitable tax deduction. If a donor funds a gift annuity with long-term capital gain property, the donor will have to report only some of the gain, and may be able to report it in installments over many years.
Income from a gift annuity can be deferred for a period of years. Deferred gift annuities are often set up by younger donors to supplement retirement income.
Pooled Income Fund - The name describes this planned gift well-- a charity accepts gifts from many donors into a fund and distributes the income of the fund to each donor or recipient of the donor's choosing. Each income recipient receives income in proportion to his or her share of the fund. For making a gift to a pooled fund, a donor receives a charitable income tax deduction and will not have to pay capital gains tax if the gift is of appreciated property. When an income beneficiary dies, the charity receives the donor's portion of the fund.
Charitable Remainder Trust - This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount (annuity trust) or a percentage of trust principal (unitrust), to whomever the donor chooses to receive income. The donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction and may not have to pay any capital gains tax if the gift is of appreciated property. At the end of the trust term, the charity receives whatever amount is left in the trust.
Charitable remainder unitrusts provide some flexibility in the distribution of income, and thus can be helpful in retirement planning.
Charitable Lead Trust -This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount (annuity trust) or a percentage of trust principal (unitrust), to charity during its term. At the end of the trust term, the principal can either go back to the donor (a grantor lead trust) or to heirs named by the donor (a non-grantor lead trust). The donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction for funding a grantor lead trust or a charitable gift tax deduction for funding a non-grantor lead trust. Since lead trusts are typically used to pass assets to heirs, non-grantor lead trusts are far more common than grantor lead trusts.
Retained Life Estate A donor may make a gift of his personal residence or farm to charity and retain the right to live there for the remainder of his or her life. The donor receives an immediate income tax deduction for the gift. At the donor's death, the charity can use or sell the property.
Please contact Director of Advancement Sarah Listug (262.472.5472) with any questions about ways to express your support of the College of Education and also how to benefit your particular area of interest within the College. You may email her at this email.
Gifts to benefit the College of Education should be mailed to:
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
College of Education Advancement Office
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190