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The support of Rice's loyal donors is the catalyst for our growth and excellence. Their generosity invigorates our research efforts and opens new doors of educational opportunity to our students. Our commitment to excel as a leading private university is intensified by this support, and we are deeply grateful for their role in helping shape Rice's next 100 years of achievement.

Learn how other Rice friends and alumni have made an impact through their gift plans, get valuable information about different planned gifts or read illustrations of various types of gifts to find out how your gift can benefit you and Rice.

To Rice Be True Features

  • A Path to Impact
    A Path to Impact
    At Rice, Forest Davenport '77 formed the building blocks for his future career. Now, by supporting The Rice Investment through a planned gift...
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  • Exploring Paths
    Exploring Paths
    In just his first semester at Rice, Trey Fischbach '25 has already had some of the most remarkable opportunities at his fingertips in academics and in extracurricular activities...
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  • A Gift of Real Estate with a Retained Life Estate
    A Gift of Real Estate with a Retained Life Estate
    Rice is thrilled to accept gifts of real estate with retained life estates. Learn more and explore the benefits of this unique charitable gift with these commonly asked questions...
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  • Synthesizing a Bright Future
    Synthesizing a Bright Future
    Recently, Rice announced a transformative lead gift for the engineering and science building currently under construction on the north side of campus. Named for Houston businessman Ralph S. O'Connor, the building will honor O'Connor's incredible contributions to Rice. Both as a philanthropist and a dedicated volunteer, O'Connor was committed to education as a tool for transformation...
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  • A Lifetime of Giving Back
    A Lifetime of Giving Back
    Bill '57 and Stephanie Sick's unflagging commitment to a transformative education and to Rice is marked by years of dedicated volunteer work and thoughtful philanthropy. With their recent planned gift of real estate with a retained life estate, the Sicks are intent on making a difference for future generations...
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  • Q & A - Appreciated Securities Offer Big Giving Advantages
    Q & A - Appreciated Securities Offer Big Giving Advantages
    A recent study showed 80% of donors own appreciated assets, such as stocks, mutual funds or bonds, but only 21% of these donors...
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  • Vyshnavi Gade '22 Takes the Best of STEM and the Humanities
    Vyshnavi Gade '22 Takes the Best of STEM and the Humanities
    "My time at Rice has been amazing. Rice was always this gleaming diamond of a college. It was my top choice," Vyshnavi Gade '22...
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  • Gratitude in Action: Creating Opportunity for Female STEM Students
    Gratitude in Action: Creating Opportunity for Female STEM Students
    Katherine Masoner Crockett '64 never forgot the privilege of the tuition-free education she received from Rice University...
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  • A Lifetime of Exploration
    A Lifetime of Exploration
    Michael McEwen's '59 geological studies propelled him into worlds unknown as a scientist at NASA. Now, through a gift...
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  • Wyeth McKinley '23 is taking flight  at NASA
    Wyeth McKinley '23 is taking flight at NASA
    Majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics, Wyeth McKinley '23 will be launching his career at NASA...
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  • Rice FLIP-CRUT Q&A
    Rice FLIP-CRUT Q&A
    Q & A: Receiving an Income for a Charitable Gift of Real Estate the FLIP Charitable Remainder Unitrust
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  • Support for global learning helps Owls take flight
    Support for global learning helps Owls take flight
    Ann Ludwig '61 discovered the importance of being a global citizen during her time at Rice. Now, she is ensuring future students have the...
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  • Katherine Jeng '25 makes the most of small classes and the world of opportunities Rice offers
    Katherine Jeng '25 makes the most of small classes and the world of opportunities Rice offers
    Katherine, an English and Social Policy Analysis major, has taken advantage of a myriad of study abroad programs that have allowed...
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  • Q&A: A New Opportunity to Support Rice and Receive Income for Life —  the Legacy IRA Act
    Q&A: A New Opportunity to Support Rice and Receive Income for Life — the Legacy IRA Act
    Q: What is the Legacy IRA Act of 2023? A: The Legacy IRA Act, which went into effect January 2023, changes the law...
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  • Passing Along a Tradition of Giving Back
    Passing Along a Tradition of Giving Back
    Anna Unterberger '80 enables deserving students to pursue their passions through an endowed undergraduate scholarship — a gift that was...
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  • Gratitude and Opportunity
    Gratitude and Opportunity
    Blaine Samson '24 made the most of her freshman year on campus, which included joining the Rice Mock Trial team and connecting with Rice...
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  • Tea with Y. Ping Sun: the Baker Society's first-ever virtual event
    Tea with Y. Ping Sun: the Baker Society's first-ever virtual event
    Baker Society members from across the country gathered online for a Zoom webinar in January to share teatime with Rice's University Representative...
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  • Foundation for Excellence
    Foundation for Excellence
    Juliana Tu '64 understands the importance of having a strong foundation. After all, she had to create one from scratch when she came to Rice from...
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  • Making Connections in Mathematics
    Making Connections in Mathematics
    Even for the mathematically inclined, mathematics research can be complex and challenging to understand. Being exposed to great thinkers and new...
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  • Top 10 Charitable Giving Tips
    Top 10 Charitable Giving Tips
    Amongst our staff, we have many years of experience working in charitable giving. We've pooled our collective knowledge and distilled it into 10 easy tips, just for you!
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  • Generations of Rice
    Generations of Rice
    Nelly Murstein has established a legacy of learning and exploration, honoring her mother and the Rice values that have meant so much to her family.
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  • A Happy Coincidence
    A Happy Coincidence
    Emily McGhee '22 had never taken a French class until an unplanned gap year before her freshman year at Rice sent her overseas. With another trip to France through Rice last summer, Emily has found her passion, unexpectedly.
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  • Tax Advantaged Giving and the Impact of the SECURE Act
    Tax Advantaged Giving and the Impact of the SECURE Act
    The SECURE Act - as certain provisions became known under the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act - was signed into federal law on Dec. 20, 2019. The Act deals with changes in retirement plan contributions, retirement plan distributions and inherited IRAs.
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  • A Connection Across Time
    A Connection Across Time
    George J. Hirasaki '67 and his wife, Darlene, were married in the golden glow of Rice Chapel in the summer of 1993. Like many couples over the years, they wanted Rice...
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  • A Three-Dimensional Education
    A Three-Dimensional Education
    For many engineers, the Navier-Stokes equation is commonly used to model things like weather patterns, aircraft design...
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  • The Ins and Outs of Charitable Designations
    The Ins and Outs of Charitable Designations
    When you are planning your estate, it is important to think about how the estate will affect your beneficiaries. In addition...
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  • When Rice Chooses You: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    When Rice Chooses You: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Students often choose Rice for its exceptional qualities: excellent research opportunities, access to faculty, residential college life and more. Yet for Teveia Barnes '75, her decision to attend came with a twist.
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  • Driven to succeed: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Driven to succeed: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Rosemary Rodd '63 struggled financially to put herself through college. After spending one year at Rice, she left to work full-time as a secretary, eventually taking night classes at another university. Over 50 years later, Rosemary returned to Rice to fund a scholarship, hoping to help students just like her.
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  • Family Values in Action: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Family Values in Action: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    For Ann Hightower '80, Rice equals family. By blending deferred gifts with current gifts that have immediate impact, Ann is putting her family values — generosity among them — into action.
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  • Rice Inside and Out: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Rice Inside and Out: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Texas native Russ Pitman '58 enjoys what one might call an "Owl's-eye view" of Rice University over the last half-century — a perspective that can only come from deep, personal experience. Indeed, as an alumnus, staff member and dedicated supporter, Russ knows Rice inside and out.
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  • Fulfilling Their Highest Purpose: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    Fulfilling Their Highest Purpose: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    What advice would Jim Crownover '65 give a student accepted to Rice? "Bring your A-game," he says, because Rice will challenge you in the best way possible.
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  • Giving from the Heart: A 'To Rice Be True' Story
    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.
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  • Investing in the future through gift planning
    Investing in the future through gift planning
    Mike Carter '66 made a career of calculating the value of retirement benefits. He and wife Lynette know that you can't put a price on a great education.
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  • Gene Mutschler '69
    Gene Mutschler '69
    Tuned In to Giving Back
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  • Frank '63 and Lynda Harper Kelly '63
    Frank '63 and Lynda Harper Kelly '63
    Paying it Forward
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  • Mavis '66 and Gary '66 Anderson
    Mavis '66 and Gary '66 Anderson
    A Rice Legacy that Sets the Stage for Students Today and Tomorrow
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  • Ruth '72 and David Rusk
    Ruth '72 and David Rusk
    A Personal Investment in the Future
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  • Carl and Lillian Illig
    Carl and Lillian Illig
    Grateful Rice Graduates' Generosity Supports Nanotechnology Scholars
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  • Joe Durrenberger '56
    Joe Durrenberger '56
    Rice Basketball Legend Sets Coming Generations Up to Score
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  • Ginny Rorschach
    Ginny Rorschach
    A Lasting Legacy for a Devoted Professor
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  • Morris Rapoport
    Morris Rapoport
    You know when you meet a really warm person — the sort of individual who immediately puts you at ease? That's Morris Rapoport.
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  • Linda and Bob Shepherd '70
    Linda and Bob Shepherd '70
    Going the Distance: Planned Gift Honors Those Who Paved Their Way
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  • Joan and Bob Easton
    Joan and Bob Easton
    A Legacy of Inspiration
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  • Bert '55 and Ann Bordovsky Link '56
    Bert '55 and Ann Bordovsky Link '56
    Linked for Life: One Couple's Journey Back to Rice and Houston.
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  • Dr. Alan Taylor '78
    Dr. Alan Taylor '78
    A Challenge Worth Taking
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  • Ira and Patricia Gruber
    Ira and Patricia Gruber
    Ira Gruber, the Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor of History Emeritus, and his wife Patricia know better than most what a special place Rice is.
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  • Homer Borgstedte '57
    Homer Borgstedte '57
    Homer Borgstedte '57 knows all about teamwork.
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  • Dr. Clint Johnson '64
    Dr. Clint Johnson '64
    Dr. Clint Johnson '64 has been an economics professor at the University of Central Arkansas for more than 30 years, and he has no difficulty remembering the names of his sophomore-year professors at Rice...
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  • Margaret Pack
    Margaret Pack
    As an aviation machinist's mate during World War II, Margaret Pack '50 helped keep U.S. Naval planes humming...
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