Bequests and Planned Giving
Planned gifts give back, allowing you to take sizeable income, capital gains, and estate deductions on your taxes. They can provide income for you and your family for life.
There are five basic ways to make a planned gift:
1. Gifts by will and living trusts: Bequests allow you to secure an estate tax deduction for the value of your gift.
2. Gifts that pay you income: Life-income gifts, such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, can provide donors with an income stream, significant tax savings, and the satisfaction of providing Columbia with vital long-term resources.
3. Gifts that protect your assets: Lead trusts allow you to receive a chartiable deduction now for gifts made in subsequent years or a reduction in gift or estate taxes on property you wish to pass to heirs.
4. Gift of retirement plans: Your retirement plan benefits are likely a significant portion of your net worth, and because of special tax considerations, they could make an excellent choice for funding a charitable gift.
5. Cash gifts and creative gifts of assets: The simplest way to support Columbia Law School is through cash gifts. Giving assets such as stocks, bonds, and property often offers additional tax savings.
The Kent Affiliates of the 1754 Society
If you choose to include Columbia Law School in your estate plan, please contact the Development team at 212-854-2680. We would like to recognize your generosity by welcoming you to the Kent Affiliates, the Columbia Law School branch of the 1754 Society.
Please visit Giving to Columbia for more information on planned giving.
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“I wanted to find some way to show
my commitment. . . . And one
simple way to do that is to leave a
bequest to the Law School.”
—Fernando Gentil Monteiro ’12 LL.M.