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MAXIMIZE your philanthropic goals

  • 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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Gifts from Wills or Trusts

One of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave an impact at Rice University is with a gift through your will or living trust.

Charitable Bequest
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Benefits of a bequest include:

  • an estate tax charitable deduction.
  • reduced burden of taxes on your family.
  • a lasting legacy to Rice.

How a gift from your will or trust works

This is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to be made to family, friends or Rice University as part of your estate plan, or you can make a gift using a beneficiary designation form.

Ways to leave a gift to Rice

  • Include a gift to Rice in your will or revocable trust
  • Designate Rice University as a full, partial or contingent beneficiary of your retirement account (IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or pension)
  • Name Rice University as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • a POD (Pay on Death) or TOD (Transfer on Death) naming Rice University on your bank and investment accounts.

A gift through your will or trust may be made in several ways:

  • Percentage bequest - make a gift of a percentage of your estate
  • Specific bequest - make a gift of a specific dollar amount or a specific asset
  • Residual bequest - make a gift from the balance or residue of your estate
Click here to review sample language for your will or trust.

Contact us

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy at Rice, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you. If you have been so generous as to include a gift to Rice as part of your estate plan, please take the time to let us know. We would like to recognize you and your family for your generosity.

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