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Planned Giving

The Gift of Opportunity: Bequest in Will Helps SJSU Students

"I only wish I had done this years earlier. Getting reconnected to San Jose State as a donor has exceeded my expectations," says Joe Thomas, '90 Aviation Maintenance Management. When Thomas attended San Jose State, it was the first time in his life that he was surrounded by people who shared common interests and goals, and who were motivated to succeed. He realized then that the passion, motivation and attitude he witnessed in fellow students and his instructors were as important as technical skills. 

Like many other students, Thomas had to work to put himself through school. "I didn't have time for the experience of being in a fraternity, going to football games or all the other social activities college offers," he says.

Thomas has created a bequest in his living trust that will afford students that campus life experience. Through scholarships and support of other student needs in aviation and technology, his bequest will give students opportunities for exciting careers - like his successful career in the aerospace industry. And it will ensure that the aviation program continues into the future - important given that SJSU was the only public university that offered an aviation program when he attended. 

When Thomas meets fellow donors at SJSU events, he is reminded of the sense of family he felt when he was a student. That's why he has started to fund the scholarship now, so he can experience personally handing it to a student - another member of the San Jose State family.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to San Jose 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 San Jose State, a nonprofit corporation currently located at San Jose, CA, 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 SJSU 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 SJSU 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 SJSU 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 SJSU where you agree to make a gift to SJSU 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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