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The University of Houston-Downtown wants to inspire our community, serve our students and build a stronger institution for Houston through three priorities—Scholarships, Community Engagement and Faculty & Facilities.

Priority ONE: Scholarships
A college degree is a game changer that transforms the future for UHD graduates and their entire family. But for many promising students, financial need often deters them from their academic goals.

Priority TWO: Community Engagement
Community engagement opportunities enrich the curriculum, enliven teaching and promote transformative learning. Partnerships with organizations and agencies throughout Houston allow our students to develop practical solutions to pressing issues while working alongside faculty, business leaders and non-profit professionals.

Priority THREE: Faculty & Facilities
Within our walls, dedicated faculty and staff prepare students for tomorrow's career opportunities and professions that are only imagined today. Such preparation is dependent on inspiring faculty and hard-working students who come together in world-class facilities where science happens, meaningful conversations occur, and learning takes center stage.

Gift planning allows you to make a lasting impact while creating a legacy that will benefit UHD students for generations to come. We are glad to discuss with you ways to support the University while providing for your family's financial security. More information about gift planning at the University of Houston-Downtown is available here.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to University of Houston-Downtown 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, devise, and bequeath to the University of Houston-Downtown, located at One Main Street, Suite S990, Houston, TX 77002-1001 (federal tax ID no. 74-6001399)

I request this bequest be used by the University (or the College of ______ or its successor) for the following purpose: ________________.

Endowed Bequest: This bequest requires the University of Houston-Downtown to hold the funds permanently and use only the investment income they generate. (Min. $25,000)

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 UHD 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 UHD 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 UHD 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 UHD where you agree to make a gift to UHD 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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