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A gift in your will or living trust

A simple and flexible way to ensure K-State's educational mission continues for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest.

By including a charitable gift to K-State via the Kansas State University Foundation in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that K-State will be here to transform the lives of students for generations to come. Gifts to K-State through the KSU Foundation also entitle your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.

Delay your payments

If you are younger than 60 or don't need your payments immediately, you can set up a deferred gift annuity. This allows you to delay receiving payments until a later date — such as when you reach retirement. To learn more, view and download the FREE guide Plan for retirement with a deferred gift annuity.

Next steps

  1. Contact the Gift Planning team at 785-532-6266 or for additional information on bequests or to chat more about the different options for including K-State in your will or estate plan.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include K-State in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Kansas State University Foundation
Address: 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502-3373
Federal tax ID number: 48-0667209

Learn how to fund it

You can use the following assets to fund a bequest:

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Check out this real-life example

Ross and Mary StrykerWhen it comes to their legacy, Ross and Mary Stryker will leave nothing to chance. Both 1978 K-State alumni, they are planning ahead with gifts in their wills to reinforce their top three priorities on campus. Making their gifts was easy. They simply shared our bequest language with their estate planning attorney.

"We want to touch people in generations we'll never see," Ross said. "We want to choose where our money goes. The neat thing about the KSU Foundation is you can designate exactly how you want that money utilized. You have control over it, even after you're gone."

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See how it works

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

"I give to K-State, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502-3373, or its successor thereto, ______________* [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 the KSU Foundation 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, 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 K-State 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 K-State 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 K-State where you agree to make a gift to K-State through the KSU Foundation 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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