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Every student has a story: Estate gift helps graduates write the next chapter

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Christa McKittrick, a sophomore in accounting and finance from Mission Hills, Kan., credits encouraging supporters like the Fosters with helping her better prepare for the future.

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. They inspire generations before them — people like King and Terry Foster — to reach out, give to K-State and support the path to graduation.

Before King and Terry passed away in 2006 and 2011, respectively, they decided to create scholarships at their alma mater through bequests in a trust. The couple shared a desire to make a difference and a love for K-State, the school where they first met.

"I hope the scholarships provide opportunities for more students to attain degrees at K-State," said Wade Foster, the couple's son. "I hope the scholarships are a difference-maker for an individual and that the individual contributes in a positive way to society as a result of this education."

That is exactly the plan for Christa McKittrick, a sophomore in accounting and finance from Mission Hills, Kan. As the recipient of the Terry Suzanne "Speedy" and James King Foster Scholarship in Business Administration, Christa is able to participate in more academic enhancement activities at K-State, including the Student Accounting Society and the Business Executive Mentor Program.

"I'm doing things that are giving me a better idea of what I want to do with my career," she said. "If I do decide I want to pursue a master's degree, I won't have as many loans and I'll be better able to finance that."

Wherever her college and career journey takes her, Christa will never forget encouraging supporters like the Fosters who were part of her success story.

How you can help
There are thousands of ways you can support K-State. Contact the Gift Planning Office at 785-532-6266 or giftoptions@found.ksu.edu for more information.

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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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the KSU Foundation [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.

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