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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. The campus master plan includes an addition to the Paul Sogg Architecture Building to accommodate growth of the university's nationally recognized architecture programs. Where's the university's main entrance? Once plans to create an official entrance into campus are complete, the Alumni Mall will let you know when you've arrived.

Black Box Theatre will be the venue for entertainment engineering students to learn innovative theatrical design, lighting, and sound engineering.

Classrooms for Tomorrow is a College of Education initiative that will provide a stimulating and cutting-edge environment for exploration.

(C Is Also for...
A charitable gift annuity, which can help make technologically savvy classrooms a reality for students in every college. You can transfer assets such as cash, stocks, bonds, or other property to fund an annuity that will provide lifelong payments for you and/or another beneficiary, as well as an income tax deduction and possible estate tax savings. Gift annuities or deferred gift annuities are among options for lifelong payments.)

Helping to fund the School of Dental Medicine's equipment and software allows students to fulfill their career aspirations while providing quality, low-cost dental services to Southern Nevadans. • Donors: Your much-needed support is an investment in the future of this dynamic metropolis.

The proposed entrepreneurship center in the College of Business will provide a variety of resources for community businesses.

Outstanding minority faculty can be recruited to teach in the Honors College through the creation of a faculty opportunity fund. As Las Vegas becomes more popular in the television and movie industries, a new facility for UNLV's program in film and television studies in the College of Fine Arts would provide studios, classrooms, film laboratories, and offices.

Graduate assistantships are a win-win. While earning their degree, recipients receive financial support and work 20 hours per week at the university conducting research. Our goal: Raise $500 million by 2008. In fact, we have already raised more than $300 million with the help of alumni and friends.

A new building for the Division of Health Sciences would allow the School of Nursing to expand its ability to turn the best and brightest students in the valley into health practitioners. Private support can help UNLV researchers and students develop the History of Soils Exhibit that will be featured at the Smithsonian Institution in our nation's capital in 2007-09.

Invent the Future is the theme of this great endeavor. Join us as we attempt to answer the inventor's inquiry: "What if?" Plans for a hospitality campus called INNovation Village are under way to provide students and faculty in the Harrah Hotel College with the opportunity to design, direct, and participate in advanced industry research.

(How Can "I" Help?
Your gift of an insurance policy can help students invent their own futures. The UNLV Foundation, for the benefit of UNLV, may be named as owner and beneficiary of a new or existing policy. On a new policy, you may claim donations equivalent to your premium payments as income tax deductions (for those who itemize) each year. For an existing policy, you may claim the cost basis or cash surrender value, whichever is less.)

The journalism program at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies is getting a new home. Greenspun Hall will bring all the units of the College of Urban Affairs under one roof.

New exercise labs will allow the kinesiology department's adult exercise program to expand its services to community members. Now in its 30th year, the program provides fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, and group training.

Privately funded programs and centers like the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center help UNLV conduct research while also providing a crucial service to our community.

Last year, local and national companies made matching-gift donations to UNLV totaling more than $60,000. Find out if your company matches gifts, possibly doubling or tripling your donation. The Boyd School of Law's proposed moot courtroom will bring to UNLV a resource found at many major law schools. Students will test their skills in mock trials based on issues before the U.S. Supreme Court.

So, what's in a name? Buildings and projects frequently are named for individuals whose significant contributions are allowing us to invent the future of our campus.

Online giving provides a fast and easy way to support the university. Visit to find out how you can participate.

A gift to name the Performing Arts Center will modernize the lighting and sound systems of UNLV's premier arts venues.

Quality faculty are recruited from institutions around the country, thanks to endowed professorships and faculty funds. Their expertise drives the research and service programs that will shape our community's future.

The Rebel Athletic Fund provides student-athletes with the resources needed to excel in the classroom and stay athletically competitive in their sports. The new Student Recreation Center will offer an integrated approach to physical, mental and emotional wellness services and programs.

Scholarships help the more than half of all UNLV students who need financial assistance to realize their dream of attaining a college degree. The Science, Engineering and Technology Building, scheduled for completion in 2007, is key to economic diversification through research and learning in such fields as information technology, electrical engineering and environmental science.

A funding priority for the College of Urban Affairs, the Town Center would enable UNLV to organize a one-stop shop for social services in the downtown area.

(Today and Tomorrow
With your support, today's UNLV student can be tomorrow's Broadway star. A gift, such as a charitable remainder unitrust, an annuity trust, or a charitable gift annuity, can generate continuous payments for you and/or another beneficiary while helping the university offer a margin of excellence in every program.)

Unrestricted gifts, like those to the Annual Fund, allow the university to allocate funds where the need is greatest. Gifts to the University College will support an advising program to assist students with class scheduling, academic and career goals, and degree information.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the university's Invent the Future campaign. Their commitments of time and financial resources will make UNLV's ambitious endeavor successful.

William S. Boyd School of Law is giving back to the valley through its privately funded programs that connect law students and faculty with citizens in need of free legal counsel.

(Will You Help Us Invent the Future?
Create a legacy for future generations by naming your UNLV program of choice in your will. The most popular planned gift is a charitable bequest, made through your will or trust, which enables you to provide for UNLV to receive a specified amount or a percentage of the remainder of your estate.)

Xeriscaping your yard is just one way to save water. UNLV's Center for Urban Water Conservation, directed by biological sciences professor Dale Devitt, explores other creative ways to conserve on one of the hottest commodities in town.

The Yucca Mountain Education Project brings together information resources on both side of the radioactive waste repository debate so the general public can be well informed on related issues.

Private support helps the UNLV Libraries provide students, faculty and the community information from A to, you guessed it, Z. Sort through 71 journals that begin with the letter Z, including Zoological Sciences, Zygon, and Zinc Industry Yearbook. Document Las Vegas history through Lied Library's special collections, including the papers of local activist Blanche Zucker-Bozarth.

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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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