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Constructing a Legacy

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Kitty Rodman was a staple at many UNLV events, such as this UNLV Foundation luncheon.

During her 50+ years in the construction business in Nevada, Kitty Rodman gained the moniker of Las Vegas's First Lady of Construction. Now the long-time advocate for UNLV and other Nevada non- profits, who passed away in February, has also earned the title of Las Vegas's First Lady of Philanthropy. The UNLV Foundation recently announced a $12.9 million gift from Rodman's estate to UNLV's College of Education. The funds will support scholarships and graduate fellowships for students studying special education.

Rodman's bequest is the largest realized estate gift the university has ever received. It is also the university's top scholarship gift, as well as the most significant gift made to the College of Education. The gift is expected to generate more than $400,000 for awards each year.

Rodman, named a Distinguished Nevadan in 1991 and a 2005 recipient of the Silver State Award, served as a UNLV Foundation trustee for 25 years and was a founding member of the UNLV Jean Nidetch Women's Center. She helped establish UNLV's physical therapy program, funded residence halls on campus, and supported a host of academic and athletic programs. She was a passionate supporter of those with special needs.

"Rodman's legacy of giving to UNLV was widespread but strongly focused on students," said UNLV President Donald Snyder. "Her commitment to UNLV was only matched by her support of Opportunity Village and adults with intellectual disabilities, and her estate gift to UNLV for special education fills a large university and community need, but also continues her support for citizens with special needs."

The UNLV Foundation raised nearly $44 million in support of scholarships over the past five years.

If you, like Kitty, would like to take part in creating a better educational experience for students at UNLV, visit the UNLV Foundation online for information.

Contact Bud Beekman at 702-895-2841 or bud.beekman@unlv.edu to learn about a gift option that fits your lifestyle and helps you and your loved ones reach financial goals.

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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 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 UNLV 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 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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