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. So the two University of Miami graduates went to UNLV with the idea that the house could be used to create full-tuition scholarships.
The Kaplans' reasoning was simple: They don't have children and "have always found that education makes a difference," says Saundra.
Saundra has been a CPA for 46 years and Alan retired in 1994, but prior to that his business was "making sick companies well," he says. She went to college on a full-tuition scholarship and Alan jokes that the University of Miami was just nice enough to let him in. The Kaplans have richly rewarded their alma mater, but didn't see why their giving should stop there. They live half a mile from Warren Wilson College and are significant donors and volunteers. Saundra is also on the board of trustees. They've given gifts to Florida Gulf Coast University as well. "We are very used to giving money to colleges," Saundra says.
A Wall Street Journal article helped lead the Kaplans to learn how they could donate their house in Las Vegas while also giving money to a college as they had been doing in the past—and as they plan to do throughout their lifetimes and after.
The Kaplans' gift is part of UNLV's $500 million Invent the Future campaign and is an example of just one of the many estate planning vehicles UNLV uses that provides tax benefits for donors.