Estate Giving

Future Giving to the School of Dentistry

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Considering a gift to the School of Dentistry in your estate plans is a meaningful way to support the future of dental education. These gifts have a tremendous impact on students, faculty, research, and outreach efforts well into the future. 

Future gifts support students through scholarships, graduate fellowships and research. Gifts support faculty through endowed faculty positions and research. Whatever your personal connection, you make the future of dental education possible with planned gifts to the School of Dentistry. 

A variety of personal assets can be used to fund your future contributions to the School of Dentistry.

Sharing your gift with the School of Dentistry

If you’ve already included a gift to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in your will or trust, thank you! We encourage you to tell us about your gift by completing our estate gift form. This document does not create a binding commitment. Any information you provide about your gift will be kept confidential.

By sharing your gift, you ensure that the University understands how you’d like your gift to be used

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Gifts from a Will or Trust

Including a gift in your will or trust, known as a charitable bequest, is a meaningful way to support the School of Dentistry. Gifts of any size benefit our students, faculty, and programs and help sustain and strengthen the School for many years to come.

You can make a gift by including the University of Minnesota Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or revocable trust indicating support for the School of Dentistry. You can choose to give Dentistry a specific dollar amount, specific property, or a percentage of what remains after you’ve provided for your loved ones.

You can also benefit the School through a beneficiary designation on a retirement plan, life insurance policy, or other account.

Sample gift language

To include a gift for the School of Dentistry in your will or trust, we suggest using the following language: “I give [the sum, percentage, or description of property] to the University of Minnesota Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to be used for the benefit of School of Dentistry [specific college or program] or [according to my written instructions on file with the foundation].”

Name: University of Minnesota Foundation
Address: 200 Oak St. SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55455
UMF Federal Tax ID number: 41-6042488

Emily Best (612-625-6811 or [email protected]) or Sarah Gleason (612-625-9470 or [email protected]) can work with you and your attorney to customize this gift language to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes and that the School of Dentistry will be able to use your gift as intended. The School of Dentistry's team of development professionals can help you designate your gift in a way that's most meaningful to you. 

Gifts of Appreciated Assets

Making a gift of appreciated assets—property or stock, for example—is one way to further causes you care about at the University of Minnesota. Consider the following tax-wise options for making a gift that will benefit students, faculty, research, or outreach programs now and in the future.

By giving the University appreciated securities that you’ve held for more than a year, you receive double the tax benefit:

  • You avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation that would be due upon sale
  • You also can receive a charitable income tax deduction for the current fair market value of the asset—up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.
  • In addition, you can carry forward any unclaimed portion of the deduction for up to five years, subject to the annual limit.

Gifts of Real Estate

Personal residences, vacation homes, farms, or other land can be a great gift. In most instances, the University of Minnesota Foundation will sell the property for you. The proceeds will then be used to benefit the college, campus, or program you choose.

  • Outright gifts of real estate provide an immediate benefit to the University. By giving appreciated property held for more than a year, you can avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation and receive an income tax deduction for the fair market value (subject to applicable limitations). 
  • If you wish to give real estate to the U of M and control the property during your life, consider an estate gift. You can include a provision in your will or trust giving the property, or the proceeds from the sale of the property, to the University of Minnesota Foundation.
  • A charitable remainder trust allows you to support the University while retaining income for yourself or others. By transferring real estate to a trust, you receive an immediate income tax deduction and avoid paying upfront capital gains tax. At the end of the trust term, the remaining assets support the charities you’ve chosen.  
  • With a retained life estate, you can give your home to the University now, receive an income tax deduction, and continue to use the property for the rest of your life. 

Inspire others

Inspiring Others

All donors who make estate or other planned gifts to the University are welcomed into the President's Club Heritage Society, a community of forward-thinking donors who have chosen to invest in our University’s future and create a lasting legacy of support for students, faculty, research, and programs. You can share your gift with us and remain anonymous if you choose.

I have the pleasure of waking up everyday knowing that my gift will continue to make a difference to others long after I’m gone.

Dr. A. David Flor, Alumnus and Donor

Read about Dr. Flor's gift

Bob and Laura Eng

We believe our financial support enables the school to continue providing students with the highest quality education.

Drs Laura and Bob Eng

Read about the Eng's gift

Contact us

Emily Best

Emily Best

Chief Development Officer
15-136B Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
[email protected]

Sarah Gleason

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Development Officer
15-136 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
[email protected]