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Give Thanks and Help Students
Your time at Clarkson was a unique opportunity to learn and mature in a nurturing academic environment that prepared you to meet the challenges of a global society. An anniversary reunion year is a special time to reflect on your growth and achievements, and to say thank you to Clarkson in a way that will help ensure the Clarkson experience for other students. Your gift connects you to Clarkson’s past and its future.

There are many ways to help students at Clarkson:

1. The Clarkson Fund – Just as others have done in past reunions, your special gift to the Clarkson Fund helps students right now. And it’s easy to make a gift online.

2. A special gift– Individuals often make a special gift in honor of their anniversary reunion. Your tax-deductible outright gift may be unrestricted, or you may wish to restrict it to a project of special interest. There are always projects to be completed: athletic facility upgrades, classroom renovations, laboratory equipment replacements. Your gift, even pledged over several years, can make a big difference for students right now.

3. A special naming opportunity – You can create an endowed fund in honor of the family name to support anything from student scholarships to professorships. And you can build your endowment with tax-deductible gifts over time. You might also name a room, lab, office or other space on campus.

4. Double or even triple the impact of your gift – You can leverage the impact of your gift if your company offers a matching gift program (many programs also match gifts from retirees). It’s a simple process that can make a big difference, and increase your reunion gift credit.

5. A simple gift - A bequest in your will or living trust may be for a specific amount or asset, a percentage, a remainder or a contingency. It may memorialize a family member or the family name. You can also create a gift annuity or charitable trust through your estate to provide income to loved ones before a gift ultimately goes to Clarkson.

6. A smart choiceRetirement plan assets are expensive to inherit, since the beneficiary must pay tax on income from the plan. It may be tax-advantageous to further your philanthropic legacy by planning a gift of retirement plan assets to Clarkson and bequeath other assets to heirs.

7. "Insure" the future - Naming Clarkson the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy can generate an income tax deduction now for the cash value of the policy.

8. Income for you and/or loved ones - You may create a charitable gift annuity or charitable remainder trust, or join our pooled life income fund to provide income to you and/or loved ones before the remainder passes to Clarkson. You can generate a fixed or variable income stream to start now or sometime in the future. Request our workbook Will a Gift-with-income Plan Work for Me? Use our gift calculator to create your own gift-with-income projection or request a projection from Clarkson.

9. Share Clarkson– You can pledge at least $2,500 per year for four years and provide a direct scholarship to help a needy and deserving student access a Clarkson education.

10. Creative gifts - Your giving doesn't always need to be cash. Stocks, bonds, real estate, real property and business interests are just some of the assets you can use to make a difference at Clarkson and help achieve your financial and philanthropic goals.

For more ideas on creating a gift plan using non-cash assets request our workbook Gift Planning with Non-cash Assets.

Anniversary reunion gifts may count in the Evolution to Excellence fundraising campaign, and may be eligible for recognition at The Roundtable level. Review Anniversary Reunion Year Gift Counting Guidelines

Would you like help organizing and defining your philanthropy? Request our Philanthropic Planner.

Is it time to update your will? For help getting organized before meeting with your attorney request our Estate Planning Organizer. And if you would like to document your legal arrangements and final instructions for your survivors request our Personal Affairs Organizer.

Your plan for Clarkson's future may make you a member of the Annie Clarkson Society.

This web page does not provide legal or financial advice, nor is it a comprehensive review of the topic. You should consult your legal and financial advisors and Clarkson University before making or planning your gift. (rev. 8/2013)