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Advancement: Your Connection to Union

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Couple Gives Back to Union College Family
Through their family experiences and having to bear the grief of loved ones passing away, Jeremy and Marcia Ashcraft ’07 Nordmeyer know the benefits of having a will. While updating their estate plan, they also found a way to provide support to Union College. More

The Spirit of Union College
Dr. Ruth Wang Liu '66 has remained loyal to Union College for half a century because Union has held true to its principles for 125 years. More

Couple Gives Back to Union College
Jerry ’61 and Jane Nowack ’62 Thayer share their approach on why and how they support Union College in a way that aligns with their passions, as well as helping where it is most needed.  More

Giving Back to Show Their Commitment
Mardian '54 and Joan Peters '54 Blair treat giving to nonprofits a lot like investing. They do their research and look for organizations with a good track record and consistent results.  More

A Love for Union
Gloria Greig Pierce ('55) and her late husband Crawford ('55) found something special at Union College—each other. Gloria and Crawford supported Union for many years, and Gloria continues to share her enthusiasm about the College with everyone she meets.  More

A Gift to Get Through the Lean Times
Elvin and Pat Benton's early retirement years were financially tight. But thanks to Union College's planned giving department, the couple discovered a way to give Union a gift that supports the college's Christ-centered education and provides the Bentons much-needed income for their tight family budget.  More

A Heart for Union Inspires Generous Planned Gift
LeRoy and Martha Wasemiller always cherished their Union College connections. When deciding how to divide their estate, it was only natural that the Wasemillers honor the beloved college where they met and were married with a planned gift. More

Couple's Estate Provides Unique Gift
Union College enjoyed a long friendship with Ira '44 and Margie Pound, both now deceased. Ira and Margie loved Union so much they gave to the college nearly their entire estate, valued at more than $800,000, without restriction on how the funds are to be used. More

Union Guides Estate Planning Process
The gift planning professionals at Union College are available to any Union supporters brainstorming meaningful ways to give back. Hear from two families who made the decision to include Union College in their estate and the tips they followed on how to support family and charitable organizations after your lifetime. More

For the Lord's Work
Alfred Pancake (1917-2009) demonstrated his support of Adventist education by traveling around the world to visit Adventist schools, meeting with students and paying their tuition. Alfred felt strongly about helping individuals get a Christian education so he made plans to help students till the end of time while still caring for the ones he loved. More

A Gift That Gives Back
Since her years as a student 60 years ago, Gaylah Cantrell Kinder has felt a special connection to Union College. Over time, Gaylah began to feel a growing desire to give something back to her Union College family. She discovered the perfect charitable gift to complement her lifestyle and fulfill her goal to make a lasting difference for the college. More

Langs Lead a Life of Lasting Support
Because of their desire to help students, Jerome '65 and Ramona ('65) Lang have supported Union College for more than 40 years. Through the Langs' involvement and support for more than half of their lives, Union College has experienced growth and innovation over the past 15 years, and will leave a lasting legacy of support for many years to come. More

"An Intellectual With a Heart"
After working with honors students for more than 50 years, Dr. Merlene Ogden knew where to direct a gift to Union College from her retirement account. Her contribution will be used to support the Union Scholars program. "I want to be able to help the good students and the highly motivated students, to get them committed to excellence in new ways and to get them prepared for life," Merlene says. More

Couples' Story Illustrates Importance of Finding the Best Gift That Fits Your Situation
Bernard '49 and Eunice Owen wanted to give something back to Union College, but they wanted to make sure their gift fit with their financial goals. To Bernard and Eunice, flexibility was more important than consistency, guarantees and immediate tax benefits. So, they worked with the Union College advancement office to find the gift that matched these goals. More

The Benefits of Planning a Gift
When Union College President Dr. John Wagner learned about charitable gift annuities a number of years ago, he told himself that if the Lord ever blessed him and his wife, Dr. Lilya Wagner, with enough money they would set one up. Not only have they created a gift annuity with Union College, they have also made a gift through the IRA charitable rollover legislation. More

Providing for Family + Establishing Union College Scholarship = Barbara Pogue's Formula for Success
Barbara Pogue '50 loves going back to Union College for Homecoming Weekend. She has returned three of the last six years and has already bought tickets to fly back next month. Barbara's favorite part of Homecoming Weekend is catching up with fellow classmates and running into students she taught while a remedial math instructor at Union College. More

What Is the Greatest Gift You Can Give Your Loved Ones?
One of the greatest gifts you can give your family this season is a well-organized estate. Before she passed away, Ellen Hardt took steps to create peace of mind for her family by planning her estate. We have put together helpful information that will allow you to do the same. More

George and Virginia Myers Adopt Union College
Although George and Virginia Myers didn't attend Union College, they were impressed by "the curriculum, mission emphasis and character building" that take place there. That is why they decided to adopt the college as their alma mater and established a charitable gift annuity that will first provide them with fixed payments for life, with the remainder being used to support Christian education. More

The Perfect Tool
The colorful careers of Dan and Billie Peckham began with a strong education at Union College. When Dan graduated in '49 with a theology degree, he was committed to serving the Lord—wherever that might lead. And from an elementary classroom in the Arkansas-Louisiana conference to the Union treasury offices of Korea and Hong Kong, he has remained committed to that pledge. More

The Value of Education
To ensure that future students have the opportunities to attend Union College, as they did, Elder Don Copsey '52 and his wife, Lenora, have chosen to remember the College in their estate plans. More

Continuing the Legacy
Doug '86 and Wilma '85 Bing believe in the values Union College promotes and have taken steps to ensure that those values will continue for future generations. More

Giving Back
Gilbert and Rosella Jorgensen have many fond memories of their time at Union College. Now, through a charitable gift annuity, they are helping the college and themselves. More

Consider Your Options
Roxanne Traux-Cummings is thankful for the opportunity to attend Union College. And she wants to make sure that others have that opportunity as well. More

A Worthwhile Gift
Dr. Consuelo Roda Jackson '59 did not initially intend to come to Union College, but it is our good fortune that we can count her among our alumni. And we are grateful for her generous gift and commitment to Union College's future. More

Ensuring the Future of Christian Education
Like you, Sara Ellis' college experience shaped her life and helped make her the person she is today. Now her whole family is deeply involved at Union College and they're making a gift to the school to show their appreciation and ensure that the values of Union College carry on. More

Remembering Where Life Was Shaped
Looking back, would you be where you are today without Union College? Meet Glenn and Marybeth who can reflect on the moments at Union that brought them together and defined their vocations. And now, they've chosen to show their appreciation through a gift in their estate plan. More

Reflecting on a Life of Opportunities that Started at Union
Meet Shirley Burton, who can look back on a full life and see the impact her Union education and the Christian values instilled in her there made on her career and personal experiences. Now she's giving future generations the same opportunity with a gift through her estate. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Union College 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 Union College, a certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation registered in the State of Nebraska, [written amount or percentage of the etate 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 Union College 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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 Union College as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 Union College 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 Union College where you agree to make a gift to Union College 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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