A plan to last a lifetime… and beyond
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What is a philanthropic plan?
Philanthropic planning is an art that combines financial planning, estate planning, and tax planning techniques. It is a long lasting commitment that extends beyond your lifetime to touch generations to come. Explore your options.
Why is a plan important?
Making a philanthropic plan is important for many reasons:
It is a way to ensure that support for your personal passions and interests continues far into the future.
The sooner you make a planned gift, the more quickly you may take advantage of the financial and personal benefits.
Without a plan in your estate or will, the distribution of your property may be ultimately directed by state law, or by someone you do not know.
Take advantage of your right to make your own plan to guarantee that your loved ones, friends, and philanthropic interests are taken care of after your lifetime.
How could my philanthropic plan benefit Grand Valley State University?
All gifts to Grand Valley are an investment in the university’s future. A planned gift in your will or estate plan, or a bequest, is the pinnacle of giving to Grand Valley. It is the easiest and most common form of gift planning; however, there are other options to consider as well. Additionally, a planned gift to Grand Valley compliments the annual gifts that you are able to give during your lifetime, and ultimately helps ensure the long-term success of the university and its students.
Donors who support Grand Valley with a planned gift are recognized in and become members of the Gillett Society. The Gillett Society is Grand Valley’s longest-standing donor society, and is named in honor of Richard M. Gillett, who was a driving force in the creation of the university.
What are my options?
There are many ways to leave a gift for Grand Valley after your lifetime, but reap the benefits today. The easiest and most common form of planned giving is making a bequest (a planned gift to Grand Valley in your will or estate plan), but the possibilities are endless. Explore your options.
Things to consider
At each stage of your life there is something you can do to support your philanthropic plan. See our suggestions.
How do I get started?
If you wish to include Grand Valley in your philanthropic plans, please contact the University Development office at (616) 331-6000. Development staff can assist you in determining what type(s) of gift planning opportunities will best support your passions within the university. Because every gift plan is tailored to your needs, and state laws vary, we also recommend that you consult with your financial or legal advisors before making your gift. Get started today.
Is Grand Valley already in your plan?
If you are already planning a gift to us or would like more information, please let us know.