Gift Planning

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Shape the Future with your Legacy

Many law school friends and family choose to make planned gifts that will provide long-lasting support for the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Our gift planning team has the expertise to help you find creative solutions to your giving intentions. 

To explore options for creating your legacy at UNH Franklin Pierce, as part of the UNH Foundation, through gifts like the ones described below, contact UNH Franklin Pierce Development Director Maria Gudinas at maria.gudinas@law.unh.edu or call (603) 513-5194.

Free Online Gift-Planning Tools

UNH has partnered with FreeWill to give our alumni and friends free online tools that make creating a will and planning a gift as easy as possible.

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WHO CAN MAKE A PLANNED GIFT?

Anyone can!  Legacy gifts are not only for the very wealthy. The greatest benefits of planning your gift now are the ability to maintain your current standard of living while ensuring you can support and enhance the future of UNH Franklin Pierce exactly as you wish. You may even enjoy significant tax benefits from your gift.

EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR MAKING A LEGACY GIFT

How you choose to structure your gift to UNH Franklin Pierce, and where you designate the funds, depends on your goals and timeline. The UNH Foundation is pleased to help you set up your planned gift to help you achieve your desired impact.

To explore the many kinds of planned gifts you can make, consider the option below that best describes your intentions. You may wish to make a gift that has an immediate impact during your lifetime or one that generates income for life, or you may wish to give through your estate

Gifts with an immediate impact

Many donors wish to see the impact of their giving during their lifetimes. These gifts allow UNH Franklin Pierce to achieve results right away.

IRA Rollover or Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

If you are 70½ or older, transfer funds directly from your IRA to the UNH Foundation. Use our FreeWill QCD tool.

Advantages: 

  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year

  • Reduce your taxable income

 

Donor Advised Fund

Transfer ownership of stock or cash in bonds as a gift to UNH Franklin Pierce. (These can also be left through your will at full benefit to UNH Franklin Pierce).

Advantages:

  • Immediate tax deduction

  • Funds invested for tax-free growth

  • Control over charities to receive gifts

  • Minimal start-up time and cost

  • Can be cash or stock    

 

Stocks & Bonds

Transfer ownership of stock or cash in bonds as a gift to UNH Franklin Pierce. (These can also be left through your will at full benefit to UNH Franklin Pierce). Learn more about this on the UNH Foundation's Giving Securities page.

Advantages: 

  • Receive charitable tax deduction to help offset taxable interest income

  • Save on brokerage fees

  • May yield greater tax benefits than cash

 

Real Estate

Donate your home, vacation property, commercial property or undeveloped land to benefit UNH Franklin Pierce.

Advantages: 

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale 

  • Receive charitable income tax deduction

 

Charitable Lead Annuity Trust or Charitable Lead Unitrust

Make a substantial gift with fixed or variable payments to UNH Franklin Pierce; the assets are passed on to your heirs at end of trust.

Advantages: 

  • Your gift makes an immediate difference at UNH Franklin Pierce

  • You can provide for your family/heirs

   

Gifts that generate income

These giving options provide income to you during your lifetime, allowing you to support UNH Franklin Pierce while maintaining your current standard of living.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Your gift of $10,000 or more provides fixed payments to you and/or one named other in exchange for your gift.

Advantages: 

  • Easy to set up
  • Fixed, dependable payments to you backed by the UNH Foundation
  • Partially tax-free income

 

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust or Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Your gift of $100,000 or more provides income (fixed or variable) for yourself and/or named others with the remainder passing on to UNH Franklin Pierce.  

Advantages: 

  • Potential for income growth
  • Allows you to choose who you wish to administer your gift

 

Pooled Income Fund

Your gift of $5,000 or more is combined and invested together with others in a trust fund established and maintained by UNH Franklin Pierce.

Advantages: 

  • As fund grows, you receive your share of the fund’s income for life
  • Opportunity for income growth

   

Gifts through your estate

Remember UNH Franklin Pierce with a gift in your will and leave a life without limits for future generations of Wildcats. If you wish to leave a legacy at UNH Franklin Pierce, consider these options:

Bequest/Legacy Gift

Designate UNH Franklin Pierce to receive a specific dollar amount, property or percentage of your assets in your will.

Advantages: 

  • Flexibility to change your mind
  • Offers continued access to your money
  • May reduce taxes on your estate 

 

Retirement Assets, Life Insurance, Bank Accounts

Designate UNH Franklin Pierce as beneficiary on retirement assets, life insurance, bank accounts and other investment accounts.

Advantages: 

  • Simplicity! Complete a form designating UNH Franklin Pierce as a beneficiary
  • Does not require changing will/trust
  • 100% of funds available to UNH Franklin Pierce, tax free

 

Life Estate

Gift your real estate to UNH Franklin Pierce but retain the right to use your property during your lifetime.

Advantages: 

  • Preserve use of your property for yourself and your loved ones

 

Stocks & Bonds

Leave these assets through your will at full benefit to UNH Franklin Pierce

Advantages: 

  • No taxes to your loved ones

 

Donor Advised Fund

Create a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting UNH Franklin Pierce and designate UNH Franklin Pierce as the beneficiary.

Advantages: 

  • Immediate tax deduction
  • Funds invested for tax-free growth
  • Control over charities to receive gifts
  • Minimal start-up time and cost
  • Can be cash or stock

NO WILL OR LIVING TRUST? 

You’re not alone—the vast majority of Americans do not have a will. If you wish to have a voice in how your assets or estate are distributed, you will need to take this next important step. We encourage you to use our simple FreeWill tools to start the process of creating a will of living trust that accomplishes your goals for your estate. 

FREEWILL TOOLS


 

LOGISTICS FOR GIFTS IN YOUR WILL 

We want to be sure we can carry out your wishes.

It is very important that a bequest be accurately and clearly described in your estate plan. We are happy to consult with you regarding the terms of your bequest to be sure we can carry out your intentions. To make the process as easy as possible, we encourage you to use UNH’s FreeWill Bequest Tool; we’re also happy to work with your trusted advisors.

To ensure your bequest comes to UNH Franklin Pierce, include the Foundation's full legal name with a restriction to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the federal tax identification number in any documents about your legacy gift:

Legal name: The University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc.
Address: 9 Edgewood Road, Durham NH 03824
Tax ID: 02‐0437506

We are happy to provide this sample bequest language to assist you and your attorney and you should feel free to contact us if we can help in any way.

Sample Language 

“I give to UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law through the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc., at 9 Edgewood Road, Durham NH 03824, a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 020437506, [insert here a description of the particular property].”

FreeWill Online Tools 

UNH Franklin Pierce has partnered with FreeWill to provide alumni and friends free online tools to make planning and giving as easy as possible.  The FreeWill Bequest Tool allows you to easily create a legal will and leave a legacy to benefit the people and causes you care about, including UNH Franklin Pierce.  

CREATE A WILL

The FreeWill QCD Tool allows alumni and friends 70 1/2 and older to make a gift using an IRA rollover, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), that satisfies your required minimum distribution (RMD) and may reduce your income for tax purposes. 

START A QCD

Contact Us

The gift planning office can work with you and your professional advisors to help you create lasting impact at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law while structuring your gift in the manner most advantageous to you. More important, we would love to hear about how UNH Franklin Pierce has touched your life!


Maria Gudinas
Director of Development

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
2 White Street | Concord, NH 03301
PHONE: (603) 513-5194  
EMAIL: maria.gudinas@law.unh.edu