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Bette LaCombe

When Bette LaCombe moved to Las Vegas in 2002, she gave herself five years to figure out if this city could ever feel like home. It took just half that long for the retired IBM executive, who had worked in London, Paris and New York, to decide that it was time to put down roots and tap into Las Vegas's unique culture.

"My husband, Paul, and I stayed minimally involved at first," she recollects. "But once we realized this was the place we wanted to return to after our travels, we knew it was home. We wanted to learn as much as possible about our new town."

What Bette learned was that the cultural connections she made in Las Vegas were in some way also connected to UNLV. She found herself frequently on campus for Barrick Lectures, Nevada Conservatory Theatre performances and classical concerts at Ham Hall. Her interest in Las Vegas history and her role as docent at the Neon Museum led to her discovery of UNLV Special Collections at Lied Library.

She now volunteers on the UNLV University Libraries Advisory Board.

"I feel as if I've come full circle. As a board member, I'm able to use my IBM finance and marketing experience to bring a business perspective to the table. I'm the one who can answer, 'Does this idea make financial sense?'"

Her involvement with UNLV Libraries has also shaped her insight into how she can make a difference.

"When we do budgets, I see that some requests can be fulfilled by small amounts of money. If everybody made just a small donation, it would have a very large effect. Every dollar counts."

The savvy business strategist is also strategic about her personal giving.

"Throughout my life, beyond my family, what has been important to me has been to invest my time and energy into my community," she reflects. "So when I did my will, I decided to bequeath some money to nonprofits like UNLV that do terrific work. I want to make sure they continue to do terrific work after I'm gone."

"The number one reason I give," she adds, "is because I'm lucky that I'm able to."  

Invest in Your UNLV Passion

You can follow in Bette's footsteps and leave a gift that makes a difference at UNLV. Contact Bud Beekman at or 702-895-2841 to learn 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 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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