Dr. Walker

By making an estate gift to be paid from a trust, Dr. Walker feels he and his wife are investing in the future of the school and the success of the students. “I personally can't imagine a greater satisfaction for any of our former graduates who has enjoyed the benefits of graduating from KCU, than an opportunity to help our present students receive the best education possible,” he said.

Dr. Walker's career path was anything but traditional. With little formal education and admittedly "more interested in cars and football" than academic achievement, he didn't plan on pursuing medicine.

"I was born into a family that was economically poor," he said. "I had little formal education and I knew very early in life that college was not in my future."

Funny how plans change.

Dr. Walker wed his high school sweetheart, Donna Ruth Dunlap, the summer after graduating high school and later became the proud father of a beautiful baby girl they named Michelle Marie. With the responsibility of a wife and family, he knew he had to make some decisions. He credits his wife for encouraging him to pursue medicine.

"Not everyone is lucky enough to marry someone who believes you can accomplish anything you set your mind to," shared Dr. Walker. "A wife who believed in me coupled with my first tour in the Navy made me grow up and decide what I wanted to do with my future.

"When the Navy offered me the opportunity to become a navy hospital corpsman, I knew I had found my passion in a career I would follow for the rest of my life. And after graduating from hospital corps school and gaining some experience, I began to realize the physicians I worked with were just normal people, not geniuses-and that I could work at that level if I was willing to study and apply myself.

"Medicine had captured my imagination. It would not let go," he said.

Being accepted to KCU and the interview process that led to it are still vivid memories for him. "The interviewer asked me questions I thought were appropriate and introspective. Not like the previous interviewer at the other medical school I applied to who asked me questions like ‘the definition of Nernst equation.' Of course I didn't know the answer to the question then and I still don't know the answer today.

"I had found the medical school that was right for me."

Dr. Walker says he sincerely enjoyed every day of his four years at KCU. Especially his commencement ceremony and celebrating the achievement of his degree with his family. Those memories and the life he was able to create for his family as a result of his education are what inspire him to give back so generously to the school.
"It is a great opportunity for Donna and me to give back to the things we love and that have brought us so many joys and treasures during our lives. Certainly, completing my medical school education at KCU helped enrich our lives in ways we could only dream of early in our marriage.

"When I am on the KCU campus and see these young men and women frantically scurrying from class to class, I feel a deep satisfaction in knowing that we are involved, if only in some small way, in helping them with their future dreams," he explained.

As a parting thought, Dr. Walker hopes to encourage other alumni to support the school and its future graduates. "We all received the tremendous gift of a great education-now it is our turn to give back. What could be a better time than during our centennial anniversary and planning for the next 100 years."

Marshall D. Walker, DO, is a 1972 graduate of KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and served as the University's 13th president and CEO from 2012 to 2013. He was elected Chair of the KCU Board of Trustees in 2013 and continues in that position today.

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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