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K-State band marches on thanks to donor's generosity
Ray Navarro

Ray Navarro started giving to K-State long ago and has never stopped. He says it gives him purpose. More

A family's class act of planned giving
Glenn Ellithorpe

K-State alums and siblings Dr. Vera May Ellithorpe and Glenn Ellithorpe created a scholarship with a gift to their alma mater that supports students when they need it most. More

Cornerstone of success
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An innovative program in the College of Engineering inspired one K-State graduate to include a gift in his estate plan to support computer science students. More

Creating opportunities with a legacy gift
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For Zeta Schippel Crowther, a Kansas native raised on a large farm, few things were more important than caring for animals and nature. Crowther ensured her priorities were reflected in her will before her death in 2012. More

Former K-State faculty makes a "win-win" gift to benefit future students
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Carolyn and Ray Waller found a way to benefit future K-State students while helping themselves through retirement with a charitable gift annuity. More

Making special memories possible with a "win-win" gift
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Lisa and David Rock have established a scholarship through a gift in their will and a charitable gift annuity in hopes that it will help students make their own special memories at K-State.  More

Band photographer’s estate plan supports band scholarships
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Wildcats worldwide are making a difference by investing in areas of K-State that mean the most to them. One such supporter is Leon “Red” Skelton who recently created a scholarship for the K-State Marching Band through a gift in his will. More

Estate plan protects pets, provides peace of mind
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Judith Roye recently included a gift in her will to benefit K-State’s Perpetual Pet Care Program that will ensure lifelong health and happiness for her four-legged friends. More

Alumnus uses estate plan to invest in undergraduate research
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For Brad Chilcoat ’84, making a difference at K-State means supporting undergraduate student research in the Department of History through a research award for upperclassmen working on a research project. More

“Take what you have and do something great with it”
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Jesse and Lindsay Keeler’s 2013 wedding prompted the young couple to create an estate plan that ensures their future and leaves a legacy at K-State. More

Scholarship honors Lee and Wanda Parr’s lifelong love of K-State
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K-State alumni Jane and KelLee Parr honored their parents' commitment to education by creating a memorial scholarship that will help students. More

Alumna includes K-state in her will to honor professor, mentor
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A chance encounter with a professor during Susan Herbel's first year at K-State was the beginning of a lifelong friendship — and led Herbel to create a scholarship to honor her mentor and friend. More

Son of lifelong educators supports future teachers with gift in his will
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The son of career teachers has left a legacy at K-State to ensure that a quality education for future teachers is within reach. More

Every student has a story: Estate gift helps graduates write the next chapter
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Whether a fourth-generation K-Stater or a first-generation college graduate, there's a story behind each student earning a Kansas State University diploma this spring. These are stories of perseverance, passion and community. More

Scholarship Continues a 'Strong Family Tradition'
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Charles W. Pence graduated from Kansas State University's College of Agriculture in 1938. Thanks to his son, future students will be able to study agriculture at K-State as well.
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Alumni Gifts Ensure Professor's Memory Lives On
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Gene Ratcliff was a geology student at Kansas State University in 1955, when firsthand exposure to western rock formations required teaming up with other universities. With help from Gene and his classmates, professor Henry Beck changed all that. More

Estate Gift Helps Michigan Student Achieve K-State Dream
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More than 70 percent of K-State students receive some form of financial aid, and for many a scholarship represents the difference between staying in school or going home. Marie Feldpausch found herself in this situation. More

Honoring the Past, Giving for the Future
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"Previous generations before us had a vision and that's how the university started. The previous generations gave us opportunities, so if we don't look after generations after us, what opportunities would they have? If we don't do it now, who will?" asks Laurel Erickson. More

Rewarding Students Who Get Involved
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Aaron Otto '98 embraced his college experience with gusto, joining a fraternity and getting involved in student government. It doesn't come as a surprise then that the scholarships he has created are to be awarded to students involved in extracurricular activities. More

Couple Plans to Leave a Triple Legacy at K-State
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"What was your life about? Did you impact people?" Those are the two questions Ross Stryker says were central to the decision he and his wife, Mary, made to include gifts in their wills to reinforce their top three priorities on campus. More

Vietnam P.O.W. Survivor Helps Education Take Flight at K-State Salina
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Higher education helped Bill Talley pull through one of life's most difficult challenges. Now, he and wife Louan are paying it forward. More

A Much Bigger World
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Kansas State University is more than the place where Mel Stout learned about landscape architecture. More

Former Football Star Uses Life Insurance
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When Kevin and Cheryl Lockett started the Lock-ett Up Foundation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they wanted to emphasize youth literacy. More

Couple's Gift Inspires Students
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Like many other planned giving donors, Dallas couple Gordon and Joyce Goering plan to use their will to add funds to the scholarship they established in 1986 and help even more K-State students beyond their lifetimes. More

eBrochure Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the brochure.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the KSU Foundation 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 the KSU Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Manhattan, KS, 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 K-State 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the materials for planning your estate.