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Gift Planning

Planned Giving

Find out what types of assets make the best planned gifts. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property.

Gift Planning

Gift planning, also referred to as planned giving or legacy giving, describes an array of methods that can be used to commit to making a gift that will be paid to a non-profit organization at a future date, in some cases from the donor's estate upon their passing. Often these options allow a person or couple to make a more significant gift than they would be able to with their ordinary income. These giving vehicles can align with estate and tax planning guidance, often providing the donor or donors a means to benefit both their heirs and the not-for-profit organization, while reducing the impact on the donor's estate, the sale of a business, or other events with significant tax consequences.


Your charitable gift to ESU will provide vital support for our students and our institution and will influence the well-being of our graduates and the communities they serve far into the future. In addition, you can enjoy immediate or deferred tax benefits for you and your family.

Lyman B Kellogg Society

Lyman Beecher Kellogg

The Lyman B. Kellogg Society is a membership-based giving society recognizing all individuals who are making a planned gift to the university through their estates. The society's name honors the first president of Kansas State Normal School.

Lyman Beecher Kellogg was the first president of the Kansas State Normal School when it opened on February 15, 1865. The school was located in a stone schoolhouse and had 18 students. Funding, facilities and even teaching materials were limited in the early years, and Kellogg was the only teacher. He taught from a classic background emphasizing Latin and English. Kellogg left Kansas State Normal School in 1871 and went on to become a member of the state Legislature, a probate judge and eventually Attorney General of Kansas. His leadership and vision set the stage for the future of what eventually became Emporia State University.

It seemed most appropriate to name the society that honors our legacy donors after this important founder. Planned gifts reinforce the foundation of our institution and maintain our strength and fortitude across many eras. Each February, members are honored on Founders' Day, which also celebrates the university's anniversary.

If you have already designated ESU in your estate plans, please let us know so we may recognize you as a member of the Kellogg Society. Or if you would like to learn more about how to become a member, contact us.

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