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Heritage Society

The Heritage Society honors those individuals who help ensure the long-term financial health of KCU.

Planned giving is an individualized process. There are myriad options that enable you to meet your financial goals and leave your legacy at the institution you love. By making a planned gift to KCU, and thus becoming a member of the KCU Heritage Society, your gift will have a direct impact on the University for generations to come.

We Can Help

KCU's Office of Institutional Advancement is happy to help you identify the planned giving vehicle that best suits you and your financial objectives. Please contact the advancement office at 816-654-7280 or for additional information and consult your financial or legal advisor.

If you have already included KCU in your estate plans, please contact our office so that we can ensure you receive proper recognition for your generosity.

Careful planning offers you the opportunity to make a gift that will benefit generations of future students. KCU is deeply grateful for every member of the Heritage Society and appreciative of your thoughtful commitment to the future of our University.

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the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to KCU 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

Bequest Language

I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences  [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 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

Donor Advised Fund

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 KCU 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.

Charitable Remainder Trust

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.

Charitable Lead Trust

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 KCU 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 KCU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

Charitable Gift Annuity

charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and KCU where you agree to make a gift to @[Short2] 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the materials for planning your estate.