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  • Welcome to the Office of Development

    Gifts to the Maxwell School allow us to continue the legacy of educating tomorrow's leading thinkers through the school's commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

    The reasons for giving are as diverse as our students: alumni donate to give back to a beloved institution; many donate in honor of a beloved professor or loved one; others want to be a part of the cutting edge research Maxwell is a part of; and some donate to invest in our outstanding students through scholarship.

  • Planned Giving: How It Works

    Planned giving mechanisms 
empower donors who always wanted to do something special.

    Graduates with fond memories of Maxwell give regularly to the Annual Fund and other priorities that arise. But when the donor starts to think about his or her ultimate Maxwell legacy, the strategy often involves planned giving.

    “Planned giving provides a way to make a signature gift to an institution you believe in,” says Linda Birnbaum, assistant dean for development, “leveraging your estate to fund a gift greater than you probably ever imagined.” 

    And, while creating a legacy at Maxwell, planned giving also allows donors to provide for loved ones. Thoughtful estate planning can result in tax savings and may reduce probate expenses.

    Planned giving most typically takes the form of bequests — “It’s similar to deciding who gets a family heirloom,” says Birnbaum — but life insurance and charitable gift annuities are also popular.

    Bequest
    In this case, donors include a provision in their will or revocable trust that leaves a portion of their assets to Maxwell. “The same way people put children in their wills, you can name Maxwell a beneficiary,” Birnbaum says.

    Charitable Remainder Trust
    This arrangement pays income to named beneficiaries during their lifetimes; the remaining trust assets are ultimately transferred to Maxwell. With this option, donors ensure their beneficiaries are cared for first.

    Life Insurance
    A donor may purchase or transfer ownership of a life insurance policy to Maxwell. The donor pays the annual premium, which is usually tax deductible.

    Charitable Gift Annuity
    This device commits a donation to Maxwell while providing the donor quarterly annuity payments. “It’s a way to confirm a gift that generates income, while still conveying your loyalty to and trust in Maxwell,” Birnbaum says.

    “There are many ways you can create a legacy, no matter your career, your age, or your income,” Birnbaum says. “The important thing is, if you had a good experience at Maxwell, you want to give someone else a similar chance. Planned giving offers options to make a truly impressive contribution.”

    For more information on how to add Syracuse University in your gift planning, click here.

  • Planned Giving Stories RSS Feed

    Memories Repaid

    Memories Repaid

    Fond recollections of an undergrad career five decades ago inspire Elliot Stamler to plan a significant bequest to his long-ago home department, Political Science.
     
    Unexpected Gift

    Unexpected Gift

    Appreciative alumnus Frank Pellicone, with his wife Helen, surprised Syracuse University with a sizeable bequest, now supporting historical research in Maxwell.
     
    Taken Care Of

    Taken Care Of

    June Price’s bequest paid back the kindness of a long-ago Maxwell dean.
     
    Sense of Obligation

    Sense of Obligation

    John Anderson is an example of a high-capacity donor with multiple philanthropic priorities — for whom planned giving is especially helpful.
     
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