Meet Our Donors

Kevin DukeCreating Opportunity for Others

On his graduation day, Kevin Duke (Centre ’07) set a goal to fully reimburse the value of his scholarships. He feels grateful for his education and for the earlier donors that made his education possible. Read More

David McNeillLeading a Life in Service to Others

David McNeill, Centre graduate from the Class of 1953, has built his life and career around helping others, particularly young people, make their way in life. Read More

CalvertA Gift to Grow the Centre Family

The plans Tom and Edith Harmon made decades ago are still making a difference for good in the lives of Centre students. Tom was a member of the class of 1936, but his experience here gave him the tools to succeed in his career and life. Read More

MartinThe Why and How of Giving

It was easy for me to arrange for the College to purchase a life insurance policy. I was able to determine the amount that I was comfortable paying and the period of time to make the payments.  Read More

MeffordWhy We Have a Plan

Including Centre in our estate planning was not a difficult decision, nor was it a complex exercise once we set out to create our plan. Centre has been so good to us, and countless blessings trace back to the College... Read More

John Barton '79Building a Foundation

Ask John Barton '79 what led to a successful career in medicine and he'll tell you it was the foundation he built as a student at Centre. Sure, he spent many hours in science classes... Read More

Stephanie E. Dew '89Teaching by Example

Stephanie E. Dew '89 had known for a long time that she wanted to be a college professor. Her parents were college professors and she excelled in school, so her career choice came naturally. Read More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Centre College 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 Centre College, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 600 West Walnut St., Danville, KY 40422, 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 Centre College 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 Centre College 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 Centre College 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 Centre College where you agree to make a gift to Centre College 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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