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The Heritage Society

The Heritage Society of the Eastern Michigan University Foundation was organized to recognize and thank alumni, faculty and friends who have created a lasting legacy at Eastern Michigan University through a bequest or planned gift. Through their generous support, these individuals take part in shaping the future of EMU while preserving its traditions and mission.

Membership is extended to alumni and friends who have made an estate provision for the EMU Foundation or a planned or deferred-gift commitment. Membership is also open to those who share with us in writing their intent to complete such a gift.

Gift commitments may include:

  • A bequest intention
  • A completed bequest in will or living trust
  • The designation of EMU as the beneficiary of a retirement plan, annuity etc.
  • A charitable gift annuity, deferred or immediate
  • A charitable reminder trust
  • A remainder-interest gift in a home, vacation home or farm

Members are provided a variety of benefits, including:

  • Invitation to attend an annual Heritage Society Recognition event
  • Invitations to special receptions and cultural and sporting events
  • Special publications designed to keep members informed and involved

If you have made one of these commitments or intend to do so, you are eligible to become a member of the Heritage Society. To request membership information, please contact:

Susan Rink
Director of Legacy Giving
Eastern Michigan University Foundation
112 Welch Hall
850 W. Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
734.487.5634
susan.rink@emich.edu

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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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