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John Joseph Benton

Gators Extend Their Family's Legacy
The family legacy is strong with John Joseph Benton's family. His 10 children created a scholarship in his name that supports students in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. More

Capt. Arthur Hamm

The Gift That Started It All
Capt. Arthur Hamm died in World War I but his legacy soldiers on because of a gift he made to UF. More

The Suttons

UF is Where Their Stories Began
When her husband, Joe Rosko, passed away, Louise Sutton looked for ways to honor his memory. A scholarship for UF engineering students was exactly what she had in mind. More

Eileen Blau

Investing in Tomorrow's Gators
After her husband, Robert Smith, passed away, Eileen Blau decided to create a scholarship using a charitable gift annuity in his honor. More

Patty Garcia

Honoring Patty's Love for Teaching
Sisters Adrienne and Patty Garcia attended college together at UF. When Patty passed away, Adrienne gave back to their alma mater with the gift of real estate. More

Thomas Coady

Keeping Thomas' Memory Alive
After an accident claimed the life of UF senior Thomas Coady, his mother created a scholarship honoring his memory and passion for helping others. More

Nanette Parratto-Wagner

Windy City Retirees Find a Second Home at UF
When Dan and Kathleen Hayman relocated to Gainesville, the science and history buffs quickly made themselves at home at the Florida Museum of Natural History. More

Nanette Parratto-Wagner

For the Love of Animals ... and Humanity
Now in her retirement, Parratto-Wagner wants to do just one thing: leave the world a better place where animals and human beings can continue to benefit from each other. More

Bill Alcorn

Gator Pays Forward His Scholarship
Clearwater area retiree Bill Alcorn (BSBA '71) says he was set on attending the University of Florida in junior high. There was just one problem. More

George Edmondson Jr.

Gator Football Icon Extends His Legacy
George Edmondson Jr., known to many as "Mr. Two Bits," recently created a trust to support the school he loves.  More

Linda Aiken

Gator Transforms Nursing Profession Through Faculty Support
Linda Aiken (BSN '64, MN '66) has worked her way around the world to accomplish one goal: help provide high-quality nursing care to people who are too ill to advocate for themselves.  More

Anne and John Sofarelli

Gators Live the Way They Want to Be Remembered
John (BBC '81) and Anne Sofarelli recently created an endowment in their wills to support scholarships, teaching, research and programs in UF's Rinker School of Construction Management.  More

Olive Smith

Gift of Land Opens Up a World of Opportunities
It was a small community, small school and small class, but a big-hearted, innovative teacher captured the minds and respect of all her students and prepared them — the old-fashioned way — for life.  More

Paul Nicoletti

Paul Nicoletti: Retired Professor's Gift Offers a Lesson in Compassion
It seems small now-just a $150 scholarship. But it forever changed Dr. Paul Nicoletti's life. More

Jim Packard

Jim Packard: Lifetime of Caring for Others Continues With Scholarship
"I am happy, through this gift annuity, to be a part of other students’ education at the University of Florida." –Dr. Jim Packard More

Mike Gengler

Michael Gengler: Lawyer Honors Teachers With Gift to UF's College Education
Maybe it was the things he discovered during his years as a corporate lawyer — burrowing into the finer points of right and wrong to find the building blocks of a case — that moved Michael Gengler to want to help teachers. More

Jim Hughes

Jim Hughes: Widespread Citrus Disease Compels Grower to Take Action Through a Gift in His Estate
Jim Hughes was worried. When the citrus greening bacteria arrived in Florida nine years ago, he watched fellow growers lose their entire groves — everything they had — to the microscopic invader. His father's and his cousins' groves were at risk, too. More

Ray Cocco

Ray Cocco: What defines great American corporations and their innovative leaders?
When pinpointing what defines great American corporations and their innovative leaders, Ray Cocco (BSCHE '82) knows the key. More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to University of Florida Foundation 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 give to University of Florida Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1938 West University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32603, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 the UF Foundation 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 the UF Foundation 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 the UF Foundation 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 the UF Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the UF Foundation 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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