Why We Give

Charles BeechCharles Beech is Paying It Forward
Alumnus Pays It Forward With a Gift
Charles (Charlie) Beech '67 was inspired to support Park University's future with an endowed gift following a visit to 2017's Homecoming Week. More »

New Building Gift Provides New Home for School of Business and Warrior Center
Park University announces that the Robert W. Plaster Foundation of Lebanon, Missouri has made a substantial seven-figure gift toward a new building to house the University’s School of Business. More »

Jeanie and John Ferguson Jeanie and John Ferguson
An Unexpected Friendship
For Jeanie and John Ferguson, the decision to establish a new nursing scholarship at Park University was a culmination of life experiences and an unexpected friendship. Investing in nursing education has the power to improve all of our lives, Jeanie says. More »

Robert Van EmanRobert Van Eman
Park Student Brings Research to Reality With Google Glass
Robert, a military veteran, is building an app for Google Glass to help first responders in low-visibility environments. More »

Professor G. Ross StephensProfessor G. Ross Stephens
Expanding Knowledge Inside and Outside of the Classroom
After earning a bachelor's degree in political science and economics at Park in 1949, G. Ross Stephens, Ph.D., spent a career in political science and public administration. More »

Ernest and Mary EschErnest and Mary Esch
Park Alumnus and Wife Give $73,500 for Awards
Ernest Esch graduated from Park in 1930. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He earned a master's degree from New York University before becoming educational director for First City National Bank of New York City. More »

David MonchusieDavid Monchusie
Honoring Two Very Special People in His Life
Park Alumnus David Monchusie, '00, grew up in a single-parent household and emigrated from South Africa to the United States. More »

Ethel Metheny BrickerEthel Metheny Bricker
Honoring Her Family by Funding the Future at Park University
Ethel Metheny Bricker once said that attending Park University was "carved in stone" for her sisters, Lorene and Mary Ann; her brother, David; and herself. More »

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Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Park 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

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Park University [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Park 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 Park 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 Park 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 Park where you agree to make a gift to Park 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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