Gift Planning

Through gift planning, we’ll help you find a charitable gift that best meets your needs and your heir’s needs.

Gift options include:

  • Designating the FSU Foundation in your will
  • Creating a trust or charitable gift annuity
  • Naming the FSU Foundation as beneficiary of your retirement or life insurance plan; and
  • Donating tangible personal property, such as artwork or antique furnishings.

With a gift of this kind, you may:

  • Receive fixed payments for life
  • Enjoy tax benefits; and
  • Ensure success for future generations of Florida State University students and faculty.

Will Bequests

One of the easiest ways to establish your philanthropic legacy is to create a scholarship, fellowship, endowed professorship, or other endowed fund through a will bequest.

Sample Bequest Language

I give, devise, and bequeath (insert dollar amount or percent of estate) to the Florida State University Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Florida and having an office at Tallahassee, Florida, or its successor organization. Said Foundation is the legal entity designated by Florida State University to receive, on its behalf, charitable gifts for the support of its academic mission. It is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #59-6152180), and contributions to it are deductible under the provision of federal income, gift and estate tax laws.

The Florida State University Foundation, Inc. is instructed to apply for and to take maximum advantage of all state of Florida matching fund programs in existence at my death for which this gift may qualify, including programs not in effect at the time of execution of this Will and Testament. Appropriate estate documents are on file in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office and also the FSU Foundation.

Updated April 2020

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