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A Lasting Gift for Future Physicists

Joan LangleyJoan Langley ’72 didn’t think it would be so easy, but setting up an endowment at UMass to honor her husband turned out to be, well, almost natural.
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Improving Access to Autism Treatment

Bob Littleton Jr.Bob Littleton believes in giving back, especially to the places that helped shape you. It’s part of what inspired him to create a legacy at UMass that will impact changes lives for generations to come.
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A Gift Steeped in Joy

Patty FreedsonEmerita Kinesiology Professor Patty Freedson is many things: a scholar, a mentor and now a Clark Society member. See how she is continuing her support for UMass students and why.
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Do You Like Paying Taxes?

Jim ParkerJim Parker received a surprise on his taxes after he turned 70½ and had to start taking distributions from his IRA. To save on taxes and support the college that set him on the path to success, Jim started using his distributions as gifts.
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A Gift That Gives Back

Carol and Mark TaylorCarol and Mark Taylor grew up near each other on Cape Cod, but they didn't meet until they were students at UMass. It was the summer of 1966 and they met at The Hatch, a popular student hangout at the time.
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Alumnus Gives Back as Thanks for Career Success

John Spinney Jr.John Spinney Jr., Isenberg '87, began his career at KPMG after graduating from Isenberg School of Management. While at KPMG, John visited UMass Amherst every year to help with recruiting. He still tells students, "The first thing you do is give back and give every year."
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A Passion for Guitar Leads to Future Gift

Ronna B. EricksonAfter starting guitar lessons, Ronna B. Erickson noticed a need for venues that support local artists—which led to her support of the Fine Arts Center of UMass Amherst.
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A Gift for Future Nurses

Rachel E. TierneyRachel E. Tierney devoted her career to working as a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist treating adults with chronic mental illness. Now she's supporting students pursing a doctoral degree in nursing at UMass Amherst.
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50 Years and Beyond

Arthur F. KinneyDuring his 50-year tenure, English professor emeritus Arthur F. Kinney made significant contributions to UMass Amherst. Now, he’s extending his support for the university with a planned gift.
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All the World's a Stage

Stephen DriscollAlumnus’ Gift Ensures That Musical Theater Thrives at UMass
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A Gift of Gratitude

Beth and Paul WashburnWashburns Give So Others Can Get an Education of a Lifetime at UMass
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Engineering for Success

Janet Lee O'Leary and Ron BartosCouple Helps Aspiring Engineers Pursue Their Dreams at UMass
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Connecting Through Polymers

Dr. Lothar KleinerAlum Creates a Scholarship for Students
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Going the Distance for UMass Amherst

Joseph CarnevaleJoe Carnevale '71 Extends His Support of Students During 30 years in the United States Navy, where he helped build six different classes of ships, Rear Admiral (Ret.) Joseph Carnevale '71 focused on creating a legacy through service and preparing for the future.
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Gift Opens Doors for Future Students

Donna and John O'ConnellScholarships Made Education Possible for Alumnus
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Grateful Alumnus Gives Back to Biology Department Dr. Walter Chroniak '43

Dr. Walter ChroniakDr. Walter Chroniak '43, who retired last year as a physician after 62 years in practice, has made a gift to support the biology department, which he says nurtured his love of science and helped launch his medical career.
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Alumni Choose a Tax-Smart Way to Leave a Legacy John and Pat Baillieul

John and Pat BaillieulJohn and Pat Baillieul's connection with and affinity toward UMass Amherst began in the late '60s with their undergraduate experience here on campus.
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A Gift That Protects a Unique Piece of UMass History A. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D.

A. Richard BonannoA. Richard Bonanno, Ph.D., has dedicated his career to raising flowers and vegetables and working for food safety.
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The Williams’ Legacy Gift Provides a Strong Foundation Dr. David Williams '52

David B. WilliamsApproximately two years ago, cardiologist David B. Williams, M.D., retired after a rewarding and productive 37-year career.
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Helping Students Achieve the Dream of Education: Krikor Ermonian '52

When Krikor Ermonian '52 established a scholarship fund more than 25 years ago in honor of his parents, Simon and Satenig Ermonian, he sought to ensure that students studying in the College of Engineering were able to finish their degrees.
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Alumni-Funded Scholarships Provide Peace of Mind: Janice Rittenberg Rossbach ’49

Janice Rittenberg RossbachIn 1946, few universities were admitting women who wanted to major in mathematics. Lucky for Janice Rittenburg Rossbach, UMass Amherst was the exception.
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A Passion. A Plan. An Impact. An Annuity.: Donald Moriarty ‘60

With a good luck penny from his father, Donald G. Moriarty enrolled in UMass Amherst 56 years ago. The campus was the most affordable for Donald, one of eight children and the first in his family to attend a four-year college.
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A Scholarship Created by and for Unsung Heroes: Larry ’67 and Susan Benedict ’69

Larry and Susan BenedictLarry '67 and Susan (McGuinn) Benedict '69 met as undergraduates working as theater technicians for a production of Romulus.
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An Ode to Her Parents: Helen Symons ‘65

Helen SymonsBy leaving UMass Amherst a parcel of Nantucket land, longtime nurse Helen Symons '65 honors her parents and the profession that allowed her to travel the globe.
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An Outlook on Giving: David White ‘77

David WhiteLegacies come in all shapes and sizes. From his father, College of Engineering alumnus David White learned the importance of giving—and ways to give.
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Planning for the Greater Good: Jack Cryan ‘58

Jack CryanA mechanical engineering major, Jack Cryan ’58 entered the work force fully prepared for the demands and joys of engineering. He and his wife, Mary Ann, made a planned gift for scholarships. The couple lives in Merrimac, Massachusetts.
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Feeding the Soul of the Campus: Kathleen Casey Bianchi and Lorrey Bianchi '69

Kathleen Casey Bianchi and Lorrey BianchiI can remember going to libraries in elementary school, being absolutely amazed, and thinking I have to read all the books,” recalls Lorrey J. Bianchi ’69. His wife, Kathleen Casey Bianchi’s appreciation of libraries also started early on: “In my family, a library visit was considered a normal part of life̵you go to the grocery store, you go to the library.”
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the University of Massachusetts Amherst 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 designate _________________ to the University of Massachusetts Amherst at Memorial Hall, 134 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003-9270. I request this gift be used for __________________ (for instance, a specific department, college, school or program, a scholarship, or for general purposes of the campus)."

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 UMass Amherst 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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 UMass Amherst as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 UMass Amherst 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 UMass Amherst where you agree to make a gift to UMass Amherst 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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