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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.

What to Give

What to Give
  • Gifts of Retirement Assets
    Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan is an excellent way to make a gift to our organization.
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  • Gifts of Stocks and Bonds
    Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to our organization.
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  • Gifts of Real Estate
    Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property can make a great gift to our organization.
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  • Gifts of Cash
    A gift of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift.
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  • Gifts of Insurance
    A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to charity. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.
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  • Gifts of Business Interests
    As a business owner, you have the opportunity not only to build your business and accumulate wealth for yourself and your family, but also to accomplish your philanthropic goals through charitable planning. A gift of your corporate stock or assets can provide you with tax and income benefits and help further our mission.
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  • Gifts of Mineral Interests
    A gift of mineral interests (oil, gas, gold, silver or other precious metals) is an excellent way to make a charitable gift.
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