PLANNED GIVING

 
 

Building a Foundation

John Barton

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, but it was also the broad-based liberal education, the nurturing by talented professors, and the discipline of writing long research papers that made the difference. John attributes particular wisdom to a beloved chemistry professor: "Dr. Walkup always told us that you can't build a skyscraper on an outhouse foundation." Now a surgeon specializing in the care of high-risk pregnancies, John firmly believes that Centre students still need a solid foundation to prepare them for what lies ahead.

Which is why he focuses his giving to Centre on programs that give students broad and deep experiences. In addition to building the Walkup-Barton Summer Science Fund (supporting faculty-student research), he has also committed to endowing the College's annual undergraduate symposium on Research, Internships, and Creative Endeavors (RICE). To make sure these efforts are permanent, he has also provided for Centre in his estate plans. Believing that Centre has served him well in his education, John is returning the favor, with enthusiasm. 

If you'd like to join John in providing solid foundations for Centre students, please contact Jamey Leahey '92 at (859) 238-5224 or leahey@centre.edu.

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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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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