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  • Make a difference in people's lives and always be remembered for your contribution.
  • Benefit yourself, your family and Rice University with your planned gift.
  • Help us fulfill Rice's mission of providing world-class education and research for years and generations to come.

Gift Planning

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To Rice Be True: A Bold Gift Planning Initiative at Rice

To Rice Be True, the flagship initiative for gift planning at Rice, calls us to think more boldly and take our generosity to the next level by making commitments that will last beyond our lifetimes.


Above: Mel '55 and Margaret Hildebrandt at a Rice dance, 1955. Below: At Cohen House, 2017.
In our individual lives and together as a community, we honor the institution that gives us the courage to dream big and empowers us to turn those dreams into reality. To Rice Be True: That's our rallying cry and our call to action. It motivates us as we cheer for our team and support each other. It inspires us as we invent, discover and celebrate our successes. It guides us as we invest in Rice as a force for good in the world.

When we honor Rice through a will, trust, retirement plan or other deferred gifts, we continue the important work of our founders — William Marsh Rice, Captain James A. Baker and Edgar Odell Lovett — and carry their legacy forward.

This bold initiative is the chance for the extended Rice family to plan wisely and give with foresight. Together, we can focus on the future, secure in the knowledge that generations of Rice students and faculty will benefit and that our generosity will last forever. To Rice Be True.


Giving from the heart: A To Rice Be True Story

Mel Hildebrandt '55 and his wife Margaret came to Rice by different paths, but they are united in their motivation for supporting the university. And that common love has inspired them to transform their charitable gift annuity — originally designed to benefit Rice in the future — into a generous outright gift to the Rice School of Architecture.



Through gift planning, you take the lead

To Rice Be True invites you to launch your legacy today, empowering philanthropy in a fresh, energized way — and choosing gift options that can be tailored to your goals and your connection to Rice.
  • Explore options with the gift planning staff: gift plans, goals, benefits and opportunities to create an experience that is as individual as you are.
  • Review this website to get acquainted with the resources and options that can lead to your personalized gift plan.
  • Discuss choices with your family and advisors.