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Bill Armstrong

Bill Armstrong

Bill Armstrong, a U.S. Air Force veteran, graduated from EMU in 1961 with a degree in biology. But he was not done; in 1971 he came back and earned his master's in biology and chemistry. His relationship and fond memories of EMU span a couple of decades, which is why Bill has chosen to remember EMU in his will.

"During my years in the Biology Department I received what I regarded as a great education, and I formed friendships with students and faculty that persist to this day. Those relationships (and ideologies) formed during those years influenced the course of my life. I was exposed to fine educators who had a passion for teaching" said Bill.

Bill fondly recalls his college years on EMU's campus and all the laughs he and his friends, "The Four Musketeers," shared in Ypsilanti's Depot Town over 15 cent shells. He also recalls his favorite professor, Bert Johnson.

"Bert Johnson was the smartest man and best teacher a student could hope to have," said Bill.

Bill contemplated a career in education, but felt he would never be as good a teacher as his much-admired EMU professor, Bert Johnson.

Instead of becoming a teacher, Bill followed a research path and enjoyed a long, successful career in biomedical research at the University of Michigan.

Now retired, he lives with his golden retriever Portia surrounded by the beauty of nature on his wooded acreage in Harrisville.

Bill has chosen to honor Bert Johnson and his alma mater by making a legacy gift in the form of a bequest. Through this planned giving, he is able to make an impact gift to EMU while retaining control of his assets. The gift also may result in an eventual estate tax savings.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Eastern Michigan University 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Eastern Michigan University [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 EMU 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 charitable lead 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 a charitable remainder unitrust 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 EMU as a lump sum.

You fund a charitable remainder annuity 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 EMU 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 EMU where you agree to make a gift to EMU 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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