• 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 advancement, “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.”

    Make an Impact with Gift Planning
    Visit Syracuse University's planned giving website, ForeverSyracuse.syr.edu, for more information on how to add SU to your gift planning.

  • Support Maxwell

  • Make your gift using our online form.

  • Honor Roll of Donors

  • Our 2017-18 Donor Report lists Maxwell alumni and friends, as well as corporations and foundations, that supported the School between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

    In addition, we recognize lifetime and consecutive annual giving in our Dean's Circle and Sustainers groups.

    > View Maxwell's Honor Roll of Donors for fiscal year 2018.

  • Giving Stories

    Maxwell's first-ever Huxley scholar has found her intellectual home

    From the moment Brielle Valenza stepped foot in the Maxwell Auditorium as a first-year student, she knew she had come to the right place. "The sense of history in that room is palpable."
     

    Rapaport Endowed Scholarship supports Maxwell undergraduates

    A generous gift from alumnus and long-time Advisory Board member H. Lewis Rapaport ’59 BA (AmSt) and his wife Susan (a 1959 graduate of Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management) has established an endowed scholarship fund that will provide financial assistance to undergraduates who have demonstrated interest in studying history or political science.
     

    Hedrick gift establishes Huxley/Hedrick Scholarship

    The bequest arrangement made by Robert “Ken” Hedrick, a member of Maxwell’s 1976 MPA class, which will eventually fund the Walter F. Huxley and Robert K. Hedrick Endowed Scholarship, is intended to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the Maxwell School.
     
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