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Repaying 'Wee Favors'
Grace and Don Schmiedel are repaying “wee favors” and creating a legacy of support for UNLV. Their gifts will help ease the financial burden many students face with student loans. More

Lessons in Smart Charitable Giving
Emeritus Professor of Economics Mike Clauretie has figured out how to make sure more of his savings go to UNLV, and less to D.C. More

Special Connections
When Bette and Paul LaCombe moved to Las Vegas in the early 2000s, they weren’t sure if the city could ever feel like home. It didn’t take long for Las Vegas to feel like home and for Bette to find a special connection to UNLV. More

A Legacy of Opportunity
Victoria Mitchell is one of four students from the inaugural class of Hixson-Lied Success Scholars to complete the program and graduate from UNLV. The students are a living legacy to the philanthropy of Christina M. Hixson and the late Ernst F. Lied. More

Setting the Stage
Mary Healy wasn’t just a star of the silver screen. Thanks to her planned gift to the College of Fine Arts, she’s also a shining star to aspiring performers at UNLV.  More

Dean Emerita Takes Her Legacy Even Further
Public health is a true passion for Mary Guinan. As a founding dean of UNLV's School of Community Health Sciences, she has brought that passion to UNLV, which she has extended past her lifetime through a gift in her estate plan.  More

Constructing a Legacy
Students enrolled in the College of Education will soon benefit from expanded scholarship and research opportunities thanks to the generosity of one long-time university supporter. More

A Healthy Dose of Generosity 
Throughout their careers, Tim and Lisa Jones held positions that dealt with the health and well-being of others. Now retired, they are still helping to create a healthy environment for others with an estate gift to support research and education at UNLV. More

Student Sees Value in Early Planning
Sociology Ph.D. candidate Chris Conner is happy to talk about his research into the Electric Daisy Carnival-but he really lights up when he talks about his planned gift to UNLV. More

Rock-Solid Generosity
Professor emeritus Gene Smith's research has led him from Antarctica to South Africa and will soon take him to Manchuria. Find out why Smith has included a gift to UNLV in his estate plan. More

Reaching Higher Through Scholarship 
Sometimes what seems like a casual conversation between teacher and student has an indelible impact. That is what happened when a young Edward Gordon was coming down the stairs in junior high school carrying an armload of library books. More

Philip J. Cohen: Continuing His Story Through Scholars Program 
As a member of the Philip J. Cohen Scholars program, UNLV senior Kelsey Parker is grateful for the opportunity to pursue her educational goals. She plans on carrying the spirit of giving forward. More

"Extravagant Generosity" Launches Philip J. Cohen Scholars Program 
UNLV senior Cheryl Johnston has a big heart and high aspirations. The adoptive mother of eight children, seven of whom have special needs, is receiving a degree in social sciences this spring, thanks to a scholarship made possible through the estate of Philip J. Cohen. More

Prime Ministers, Pundits and Poets: The Barrick Legacy Gift 
The free Barrick Lecture Series next brings former presidential candidate and media executive Steve Forbes. The series is southern Nevada's premier speaker series, featuring such luminaries as Walter Cronkite, Mikhail Gorbachev, Henry Kissinger, Jane Goodall and Garrison Keillor. More

A Better, Brighter UNLV
When Steve and Denny Horn moved to southern Nevada more than 10 years ago, they arrived with open minds and open hearts-and from the beginning they considered Clark County "home." More

Friends Discover They Have Common Ground Through Giving
Cast a pebble in a pond and ripples roll across the surface touching everything. So it is with the estate gifts of two good friends, UNLV Professor Gail Sammons and James Brewer. More

An Appreciation for Arts Leads to Planned Gift 
Carol McLeod's vision is to provide support to students in the College of Fine Arts through an estate gift she has established with UNLV. More

Donors' Commitment Provides Support for Students
The Hermsens believe that contributing to students' academic pursuits is a good investment. Read how they have included UNLV in their estate plans to ensure that future generations benefit from the biological sciences. More

Scholarship Planned Gift Is a Touching Tribute 
For Selma and Troy Bartlett, giving back to their community is a way of life. More

Kaplans Show Their Commitment To Education With UNLV Gift
Saundra and Alan Kaplan's commitment to education is so great that they made a gift to UNLV without ever setting foot on campus. The couple, who live in Swannanoa, N.C., own a house in Las Vegas, but found they didn't have a need for the property. More

Strong Social Connection Grows Into Lifetime Commitment
As a former kindergarten teacher, Helen Daseler has always seen the potential in the smallest things. More

Former UNLV President, Wife Set Example and Encourage Others to Help UNLV
Pat Goodall will be the first to tell you he's neither all-knowing nor all-seeing. Yet when it comes to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he very well might be the guy who knows best. More

Art Olsen: "Helping Each Other is What Life is All About"
"They're doing a great job at the university, and I see my gift as helping future generations."

--Art Olsen More

Supporting UNLV...One Generation to the Next
When Norman Marsh started in the real estate business in the early 1950s, Las Vegas was just a barren desert oasis with a lot of potential. But now, for those new to the real estate arena like Jim Zeiter, Las Vegas has surpassed its potential. More

An Alumna Returns: "My Time at UNLV Always Stuck in My Heart"
Maureen Wruck-Panzer is not a graduate of UNLV, nor has she ever taught at or worked for the university. Nevertheless, there is little doubt that she is one of UNLV's biggest fans, and a generous supporter as well. More

How to Invent the Future at UNLV: The A to Z Guide 
The Annual Fund enables the university to address its most pressing needs with "venture capital" that hasn't been designated to go to a specific use. More

Kathy Morlan: Once a Teacher, Always a Learner
Mention University Libraries and Kathy Morlan's face lights up. More

"Great Believer in Education" Makes a Plan for UNLV
Michael Joe, a student in the William S. Boyd School of Law, knows quickly and definitely what he likes. "Contracts," he says. "I like my class on contracts and all the various cases we study. I like synthesizing the facts." He calls himself a very logical thinker, and the preponderance of evidence shows that he is just that-in the classroom, as a volunteer and in his personal life. More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the UNLV Foundation 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 the UNLV Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway/Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006 , 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 UNLV 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 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 UNLV 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 UNLV 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 UNLV where you agree to make a gift to UNLV 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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