Ways to Give
There are many options for giving to Bryant.
Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds allow you to make a contribution and deduct the full-market value of the security at the time of the gift. You can also avoid the capital gains tax on qualified assets given to Bryant.
Bequests are contributions made through your will. A bequest can be a specific asset, fixed sum of money, or a percentage or residue of your estate. Your gift may be entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for its full value. Those who include Bryant in a will are recognized as members of The 1863 Society.
A gift of life insurance entitles you to a charitable income tax deduction when you name Bryant as both owner and beneficiary of an existing policy. You can also purchase a new policy and make Bryant the owner and beneficiary.
Life Income Gifts
Life income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, let you make a larger contribution now while receiving a guaranteed income for life, and at rates higher than other conservative investments. By establishing a charitable gift annuity, you will be recognized as a member of The 1863 Society.
In many cases, naming family or heirs as the beneficiaries of your retirement plan can subject them to both income and estate taxes, thereby reducing the benefits they will receive by 50 percent or more. By making a gift of retirement plan assets to Bryant, the University will receive the full amount, avoiding income and estate taxes and giving you the option of leaving more tax-advantaged, non-retirement plan assets to your family.
If you or your spouse works for one of the many companies that offer matching gifts, your philanthropy can have greater impact. You will be recognized for the full amount of your gift, plus any resulting match.
Memorial and Honorary Gifts
A contribution made in honor or memory of a teacher, student, relative or friend is a thoughtful remembrance. Those who are memorialized with a gift of $1,000 or more to the University are honored in The Memorial Book, a handmade leather volume on permanent display in The Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center.