Dr. Betty Jo WhiteA Personal Culture of Philanthropy

Dr. Betty Jo White has given to the university annually since 1966. Now, she’s taking steps to ensure her support for the osteopathy practice, and KCU, continues for years to come. More »


Dr. Neil NickelsenHonoring a Profession

For Dr. Neil Nickelsen, giving to KCU is a way to honor the very people who helped him and his classmates become respected physicians. More »


James GrowneyFather and Son Alumni Pledge Gifts for Future Generations of Students

Dr. Sean Growney was inspired by his late father, Dr. James Growney, to follow his legacy at KCU. Together they showed their appreciation for their education through membership in the Heritage Society. More »


Darel PruettAlumnus Gives to KCU to Inspire and Support Future Students

Darel Pruett included KCU in his estate plan in appreciation for the education he received at the University and to ensure support for future doctors of osteopathic medicine. More »


Dr. Robert CsereKCU Education Runs in the Family

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences is a family affair for two generations of the Csere family. The education he and his daughters received at KCU inspired him to make a gift to support future KCU students. More »


Dr. Robert CsereDr. Kenneth Mitchem Leaves a Legacy of Compassion and Caring

Dr. Kenneth Mitchem was grateful to KCUMB for the education he received. He made the same opportunity possible for future students with a gift to the University’s Leading the Way campaign. More »


Dr. Merle TurnerHonoring a KCU Education by Giving Back

Dr. Merle Turner says he attributes much of his success to KCU. He has included a gift to the university in his estate plan to say thanks. More »


Dr. Robert MarcianoAlumnus Shows Gratitude Through Giving

Life is simple, really, as Dr. Robert Marciano sees it: Take care of your people and your community—and never forget who helped get you there. More »


Dr. Larry AndersonKCU Alum Gives for the Greater Good

As Dr. Larry Anderson sees it, small gestures can lead to big change. Even as a new doctor of osteopathy in 1978, he was determined to start giving back to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, which had given so much to him. More »


Dr. Larry Handlin"Supporting Students Today and Tomorrow "

"What I remember about my time at KCU was how rough school was," says Dr. Larry Handlin. "As students, we didn't have time for much else."   More »


Dr. Marshall Walker and his wife Donna"...Give Back to the Things We Love"

Dr. Marshall Walker and his wife ,Donna, support the future of the school with thoughtful planned gift.  More »


Dr. Dale Kesl'It Just Makes Sense to Me'

"Have you ever seen the movie Fried Green Tomatoes?" Dr. Dale Kesl asks. "That was the kind of general store my grandparents owned and ran while I was growing up."  More »


ChernovInspiring Future Generations of Physicians

Listen to Ron Chernov, DO, a 1965 graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM), discuss his life and medical career, and it's easy to identify two entirely positive, life-changing moments: meeting his wife, Claudia, and being introduced to osteopathic medicine.  More »


Paul Proffitt, DOProffitt Pays It Forward

Examine the life and career of Paul Proffitt, DO, and it's easy enough to identify a common thread-the presence and influence of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) in various capacities throughout the decades. More »


Larry Odekirk, DOAlumnus Shows Appreciation for KCU Degree

After 40 years of practicing medicine, Larry Odekirk, DO (COM '63), made the decision to retire in 2003. He had, by his own measure, achieved a level of success as a physician that he could only have imagined while a child growing up in Independence, Missouri.  More »


William Geb, D.O.KCU Receives $1 Million Gift From Late Alum's Estate

For 43 years, William Geb, DO (COM '50), enjoyed his role treating patients as an osteopathic physician. He was grateful for the education he received at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), which made his career in medicine possible.  More »

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

"I give to KCU, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1750 Independence Ave., Kansas City, MO 64106, or its successor thereto, ______________* [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 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 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.

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 KCU 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 KCU 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 KCU where you agree to make a gift to KCU 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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