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Profiles in Giving

Cpl. Germaine Laville
Dr. John Scharfenberg and Mrs. Ann Laville Scharfenberg

Dr. John Scharfenberg and Mrs. Ann Laville Scharfenberg honor Ann's sister, Cpl. Germaine Laville. More

Betty Van Norman
Betty Van Norman

Betty Van Norman is helping aspiring engineers to forge their own path through a generous estate gift. More

Audrey Engelhart
Audrey Engelhart

The late Audrey Engelhart continues her lifelong passion for saving animals through a bequest. More

Colin Vincent

When I graduated from High School, thanks to Coach Hill I had an opportunity to come play baseball at LSU as a walk-on. We weren't... More

Clay and Kathy Smilie

My father's passion and commitment to agricultural research and education was exemplified by his 32-year career in the Louisiana Cooperative... More

Donor Inspires Love for Learning

When she wrote the acknowledgments of her dissertation, Roselyn B. Boneno used the words of poet Walt Whitman to exemplify the task of writing... More

Eunice M. Fontenot: Soil Science and Turf Grass

Mrs. Eunice M. Fontenot leaves a legacy with the LSU Foundation for the benefit of future soil scientists. More

Lanny and Marie Yeates: Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Marie and I met at LSU during summer classes before we graduated in... More

pauline-b-stanley-thumb.pngPauline B.Stanley: Ben Stanley Geology Field Camp Scholarship

Through her will and in honor of her late husband, Mrs. Pauline B. Stanley... More

Malcom S. Lowe: Department of Chemical Engineering

The LSU College of Engineering recently received a $450,000 bequest from... More

Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite: College of Science

Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite, long-time benefactor and former Development Council Chair, has made a $300,000 gift in the form of a charitable... More

Susan M. Buzick: School of Veterinary Medicine

To say that Ms. Susan Marshall Buzick is a cat lover is truly an understatement. Everywhere you turn in her house is a statue, painting... More

Chester P. Seiss: Department of Civil Engineering

Chester P. Siess, LSU graduate and former Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering established a bequest to support and benefit programs... More

Bill and Fran Beck: College of Education

Mr. and Mrs. William D. Beck have funded two Charitable Gift Annuities which will be used to create a professorship for Special Education in the College... More

Jean Pfeiffer Burt: Equine Health Studies Program

Jean Pfeiffer Burt of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, has made a generous planned gift that will benefit the Equine Health Studies Program at the LSU... More

Dr. Alma Beth Clark: Department of Interior Design

Dr. Alma Beth Clark has generously made the LSU Foundation the... More

LSU Foundation 2010 Leave a Legacy Award Recipient

Lillian K. Hoover is a Charter Member of the 1860 Society, a prestigious... More

Bob and Dotty Stuart: Department of Construction Management

Bob and Dotty Stuart have established a charitable gift annuity for the... More

Herbert Wiener: Environmental Research

There was nothing special about that day in May 2006 when the LSU Foundation received a letter with a Santa Cruz postmark. But what was in... More

World Performing Artist Remembers LSU Roots

Elizabeth Rhodes Holloway's career has taken her far from her roots on Kenmore Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish near Maringouin, Louisiana... More

Henson and Carolyn Moore:Department of Political Science

Former U.S. Congressman Henson Moore will return to his academic roots... More

Earnest and Janie Campbell: Department of Chemical Engineering

LSU's Department of Chemical Engineering will benefit from a generous gift... More

Lawrence Sandoz

In tribute to his profession and its roots at LSU Law, Lawrence and his wife, Romayne, chose to include LSU Law in their estate plans. More

LSU's Impressive Record

As a new academic year begins, we invite you to learn of Louisiana State University's latest impressive statistics and great accomplishments, which are made possible by legacies... More

John and Kathryn Creed: College of Engineering & Paul M. Herbert Law Center

John and Kathryn Creed have recently funded their second Charitable Gift Annuity which will benefit both the College of Engineering and the School of Law. More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the LSU Foundation 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 the LSU Foundation [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 LSU Foundation 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 LSU Foundation 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 LSU Foundation 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 LSU Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the LSU Foundation 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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