Make a Gift in 3 Easy Steps
Not everyone wants to commit to making a gift in their wills or estates. Some prefer the increased flexibility that a beneficiary designation provides by using:
- IRAs and retirement plans
- Life insurance policies
- Donor advised funds
- Commercial annuities
It only takes three simple steps to make this type of gift. Here's how to name Lehigh University as a beneficiary:
- Contact the administrator of your retirement plan, insurance policy, bank account or donor advised fund for a change-of-beneficiary form or simply download a form from your provider's website.
- Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
- Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.
An Example of How It Works
Robert and Carol treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and Lehigh University over the years. The couple recently updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. They left Lehigh University a $75,000 IRA to be transferred following their lifetime. Because Lehigh University is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.
If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $18,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $57,000 for their family's use. Robert and Carol are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.
*Based on an assumption of a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket.
See How It Works
May 4, 2021—Family and Philanthropy: Growing a Lasting Legacy Presentation—An Introduction
Partnering with nationally-known family governance leader, Tom Rogerson, we shared tools for family communication, philanthropic vision, legacy planning, succession, and education. This was the first in a series of presentations as part of the Lehigh Family Philanthropy initiative.View Presentation
June 2021—Family and Philanthropy: Summer Family Fun Work—Activities to strengthen family relationships and communications
As a follow up to the May 4 Family and Philanthropy presentation, we are offering “Summer Family Fun Work” activities Tom Rogerson uses with his private clients to strengthen family relationships and communications—which are the foundation to building trust and successfully managing wealth.
If you would like to learn more, please complete the short form. We would be delighted to share the information with you. You will receive a packet by email that includes several activities for you to review and share among your family.
Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy of the guide Beneficiary Designations: The Easiest Ways to Leave Your Legacy.Download and View Your Guide
Gifts That Pay
Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options. Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy of the guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.Download and View Your Guide
Personal Estate Planning Kit
Not Sure How to Begin Planning? Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy of the guide.Download and View Your Guide
- Contact the Office of Planned Giving at (610) 758-4749 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information on beneficiary designations and how they can help support Lehigh University with our mission.
- Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.
- If you name Lehigh University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: Lehigh University
Address: 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3086
Federal Tax ID Number: 24-0795445
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