Planned Giving

Your support matters.

With planned giving, you can provide long-lasting support for Limestone University while enjoying financial benefits for yourself.

Start here to learn about the different planned giving options available to you.  We will work with you to find a charitable plan that helps you reach your financial goals and support Limestone.


A planned gift is part of your financial or estate planning and can be made during a person’s lifetime, or as part of their will.  Explore your options.


Here are the notable features of giving through your current will:

  • Ensures your property is distributed according to your wishes
  • Allows flexibility in carrying out your wishes
  • Fully deductible from estate taxes
  • Not irrevocable, may be adjusted as circumstances dictate

A case in point:

Sally and John’s children were now independent.  At age 62, their retirement was just beginning in a new home and in a new state.  This was an important time to review their will and to consider changing earlier provisions.  An attorney helped them clarify their assets and ensured their will met state requirements.  Bequests were identified for their heirs and for charitable considerations.  Upon both their deaths, Limestone University will receive a bequest to create a scholarship endowment in their name.  It will provide a wonderful legacy to their alma mater.  


Here are the notable features of giving through a charitable gift annuity: 

  • Provides a fixed income for life for yourself and perhaps one other person based on age
  • Considerable tax-saving consequences
  • Remainder transferred to Limestone upon death

A case in point:

Deb and Jessie desire a fixed income for both of their lives to supplement their social security and other retirement funds.  They hold under-performing, but highly appreciated assets.  By creating a charitable gift annuity and naming Limestone University as the recipient of the assets, they are eligible for a rate of return over seven percent since they are both over seventy years old.  Their newfound annual income allows them to provide a year-end gift to Limestone University’s Annual Fund.  


Here are the notable features of giving through a charitable lead trust: 

  • Enhances your ability to make larger gifts to Limestone University
  • Trust pays selected amount of income to charity for predetermined number of years
  • Preserves assets for your family
  • Reduces your taxable income
  • Reduces your estate tax

A case in point:

John wanted to make significant annual gifts to Limestone University to fund a scholarship in his father’s memory.  It was important; however, his three children inherit the assets he had accumulated.  The Charitable Lead Trust accomplished both goals, and he established significant tax savings.  John will enjoy helping students receive educational benefits offered by Limestone to deserving students during his lifetime.


Here are the notable features of giving through a charitable remainder trust:

  • Trust provides flexible investment
  • A significant charitable deduction is realized
  • Capital gains tax is eliminated
  • Your trust is professionally managed
  • Trust pays selected percentage of at least 5% income for life
  • Remainder of Trust transferred to Limestone at time of death

A case in point:  

Jane’s late husband left her with a huge block of appreciate stock currently yielding a 2% dividend.  By creating a Charitable Remainder Trust, she earns a significant charitable deduction, an annual yield of 6%, and she doesn’t have the worries of how her portfolio is performing.  Most importantly, Limestone University will receive the remainder, which will endow a faculty chair in honor of her favorite professor.  


Here are the notable features of giving through life insurance: 

  • By naming Limestone University as the owner and beneficiary, you are entitled to charitable deductions
  • Funds are paid to Limestone upon death and are removed from estate
  • May be an inexpensive way to replace the value of another gifted asset
  • Names Limestone irrevocable owner and beneficiary

A case in point:

Greg is recently widowed.  The children are out of college and gainfully employed.  Both sets of parents are deceased leaving Greg with a sizable paid-up life insurance policy no longer needed for family protection.  By gifting the policy to Limestone University and making Limestone the owner and beneficiary, Greg has accomplished a lifelong goal of helping build his alma mater’s endowment.


Here are the notable features of giving through a living trust:

  • The provisions are fully revocable and amendable at any time
  • You name the beneficiary of the income of the trust
  • The remainder goes to those you have named
  • You name the trustee

A case in point:

As middle-aged alumni, Joan and Ted had achieved early financial security, had no children, and now wanted to travel without worrying about their personal financial matters.  By working with a trust officer at their bank and creating living trusts, they can fulfill their dreams and accomplish their charitable goals.  Limestone University has been named to receive the remaining principal upon their deaths.  This endowment will provide earnings doubling the amount of their Annual Fund gift in perpetuity.  


Here are the notable features of giving through a retained life interest: 

  • Gift of personal residence or farm
  • Continue to stay in your residence for life
  • Immediate deduction for present value of remainder
  • You may gift a segment of your property and still receive charitable deductions
  • Home used or sold at death by university

A case in point:

At and Judith wished to make a significant gift to Limestone University, continue to live on their farm, receive sizable tax deductions, and lessen their estate tax.  The retained life gift was the perfect answer.  It also provided Al and Judith a way to make an even larger commitment to the comprehensive capital campaign.


Here are the notable features of giving through a retirement plan: 

  • Fully deductible from estate tax
  • Limestone receives assets or retirement plan
  • Avoids income tax

A case in point:

Sally has an estate made up of her home and other assets over $10 million, a life insurance policy of $1 million, and her husband’s IRA of $1 million.  Sally has named Limestone University beneficiary of her husband’s IRA.  Upon her death, Limestone receives the remainder of the IRA without having to pay income tax.  If Sally has named a family member as the beneficiary, the family member would owe income tax on the IRA, thereby reducing its value as a gift.

Your gift will make a life-changing education possible for new generations.

Limestone will work with you and your attorney to plan an estate gift that honors your wishes for your legacy.  If you have included Limestone University in your estate plan, please let us know. We want to thank you for your generosity.

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