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Meet Our Donors

Bob Yates

Bob Yates

No one in Bob Yates's family ever had the opportunity to attend college, and he didn't think he would be any different. After graduating from Wilson High School in rural Arkansas, Bob worked briefly as a cashier for Delta Products Company, but that simply wasn't enough for him. More »

Jane Nuckolls

Jane Nuckolls

Meet Jane. Jane Nuckolls was described by many that knew her as one of the most compassionate people they've ever met. "She never said no," says Robin Roach, Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Nutrition program at the University of Memphis. For 14 years, Jane served as System Director of Nutrition Therapy at Methodist University Hospital. More »

Ravi Kanuri

Ravi Kanuri

Giving back to the people and institutions that impacted his life is something Ravi Kanuri feels strongly about, and he spent 15-20 years thinking about how to do just that. More »

Bert Bornblum

Bert Bornblum

Thanks to the rise of Nazism in Europe in the 1930s, Bert Bornblum was never able to finish his formal education as a young man. Instead, he and his brother David fled their Polish homeland while still in their teens, arriving in America in 1938 with, one friend said, $5 in their pockets. In doing so, they left behind two other siblings they never saw again. More »

Ben and Frances Hooks

Ben and Frances Hooks

Although Dr. Benjamin Hooks and Frances D. Hooks never considered themselves wealthy, they were determined to provide philanthropic support through their estate to the organizations they valued. More »

Priestly Hartwell Manning

Priestly Hartwell Manning

In 1928, physics professor Priestly Hartwell Manning, on faculty since the school's opening in 1912, dies and leaves the bulk of his estate to establish a scholarship fund for male students who are not athletes. Although Manning never earned more than $2,000 a year working at the school, the trust fund was created with some $36,000. More »

William S. Huff

William S. Huff

Elbert Hubbard said "Art is not a thing, it is a way." For William Huff, it is a way to preserve the legacy of his great-uncle by marriage, Samuel Hester Crone. More »

Mike & Pam Koban

Mike and Pam Koban

Mike and Pam Koban have a wonderful roadmap for living. They both grew up in households of modest means. When fortune smiled on them, they knew they wanted to share that good fortune. More »

Elizabeth T. Caldwell

Elizabeth T. Caldwell

Elizabeth T. Caldwell (1917-2012) graduated from West Tennessee State Teachers College—now the University of Memphis—in 1939 with a degree in history. Elizabeth understood the tremendous impact scholarships have on a student's ability to attend college, and made provisions in her estate to create two scholarships benefitting U of M students. More »

Julian Glenn Fleming

Julian Glenn Fleming

Julian Glenn Fleming (1930-2012) studied Medicine in Memphis. While completing his studies and his residency, he met his wife Patty, with whom he enjoyed 35 years of marriage before she died in 2003. More »

Elizabeth T. Caldwell

Elizabeth T. Caldwell

Mrs. Elizabeth T. Caldwell (1917-2012) graduated from West Tennessee State Teachers College, now the University of Memphis, in 1939 with a degree in History. She was an active student and President of her sorority, Sigma Alpha Mu. More »

Patricia T. Ring

Patricia T. Ring

In 2014, the University of Memphis received a $1 million gift from the estate of Patricia T. Ring in support of Ring Companies Chair in the Herff College of Engineering. The gift was made in honor of Bob Ring. More »

Ellen Watson

Ellen Watson

Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer for Information Technology, Ellen Watson believes the future of the University is critical to the community — and not just in its financial impact. A first generation college student herself, Ellen received assistance that made a difference in her life. Her planned gift to the University enables her to make a difference in the lives of future U of M students. More »

Bob and Deanna Dodds

Bob and Deanna Dodds

As an undergraduate student in the Herff College of Engineering, Bob Dodds ('73) could not have known how well he would eventually understand the importance of endowed philanthropic support for education. Having retired as Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, he is certainly in a position to understand. More »

Jim Speakman

Jim Speakman

When Jim Speakman recently retired, he was given the insurance policy the company had provided for him while an employee. Because of his 10-year involvement with the Herff College of Engineering, and a desire to sustain the exceptional quality of faculty and students, Jim chose to use that policy as a gift to the the University of Memphis Foundation, and he made the Foundation both owner and beneficiary of the policy. More »

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the University of Memphis 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 the University of Memphis, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 635 Normal St. Memphis, TN 38152, 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 the University of Memphis 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 the University of Memphis 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 the University of Memphis 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 the University of Memphis where you agree to make a gift to the University of Memphis 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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