Can I designate my Campaign gift to any area/program within the University?
Yes. All gifts to approved University funds/accounts set up at the Michigan Tech Fund will be counted in the Campaign gift totals. Note: the University does not accept gifts on behalf of fraternities and sororities on campus.
How do I know my gift will count as a Campaign gift?
All gifts and pledges made during the duration of the Campaign count as Campaign contributions. However, payments made on pledges that were put in place prior to the start of the Campaign (July 1, 2006) will not count as Campaign gifts. These pledges were already counted in previous fundraising totals.
What is the Annual Fund?
The Michigan Tech Annual Fund is dedicated to securing crucial, unrestricted contributions that benefit today’s Tech students. Annual Fund support may be directed to an academic department (each department has its own unrestricted account), or it may be directed to the University-wide unrestricted account.
What are my payment options?
There are many methods of giving to Michigan Tech. You may contribute with cash, check, credit/debit card, or electronic funds transfer. Funds can be wired, spread out with payroll deduction (check with your employer for this option), or given from a donor-advised fund. There are many options for non-cash gifts, such as stocks or estate planning. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning for more information.
What is Michigan Tech's fiscal year?
Michigan Tech’s fiscal year operates from July 1 through June 30. All gifts received during this time period are applied to an individual’s total giving for the year.
Does my small donation matter?
Large or small, every gift matters. Five or ten dollars multiplied can make an impact. And, matching gifts can double your gift amount. Your participation also matters to us because it demonstrates your belief in the people we educate and the education we offer.
Will my gift result in tax savings?
Gifts to Michigan Tech are fully deductible on your federal tax return if you itemize (subject to limitations based on percentage of taxable income).
Will my company match my gift?
Hundreds of companies will match their employees’ gifts to higher education institutions. This match can double, and sometimes even triple, the benefit to Michigan Tech. Find out if your company will match your contributions by asking your human resources department or trying our matching gift search. You can also list your matching gift company on the online giving form. Matching gifts are an important source of funds for Michigan Tech.
General Gift Planning
What is gift planning?
Gift planning is the process of carefully selecting the best method and the best assets for making a charitable gift now or after your lifetime. With a planned gift, you can assist Michigan Tech while reducing your tax burden and continuing to enjoy financial benefits. Planned gifts include a will or trust bequest, a retirement plan or life insurance beneficiary designation, and life income gifts. See Giving Options.
Isn’t estate planning for retirees?
How will I know my gift will be used as I intended?
It is important to Michigan Tech that each and every gift be used for the purpose communicated by the donor. The designation of cash- and security-based gifts is confirmed on the official tax receipt issued to the donor. With regard to planned gifts, we encourage donors to complete and mail a McNair Society declaration of intent form to the Office of Gift Planning. In addition to conveying your wish concerning McNair Society membership, this form will provide us with a record of your wishes regarding the eventual use of your estate gift.
How do I get started with my estate and gift planning?
Michigan Tech has several tools to help you get started with your estate and gift planning:
- Visit our How to Plan Your Gift website.
- View a presentation showing the benefits of a planned gift.
- Use our online Wills Planner to create or update your plan. Or, contact the Office of Gift Planning to request our Guide to Planning Your Will and Trust, which will help guide you through your decisions and prepare you to meet with an estate planning attorney.
- Learn how others have made an impact at Michigan Tech by reading the Donor Stories online. Or, contact the Office of Gift Planning to request our Gift Planning Guide.
Should I retain legal counsel or talk to my tax advisor before creating a planned gift?
Yes. While we are more than happy to work with you and your advisors to develop a plan to meet your goals, we strongly recommend that you consult with your own advisors for a full discussion of the legal and tax implications of your financial and charitable estate planning.
What is an endowed gift?
An endowment is often described as a gift that keeps on giving. Endowments are kept separate from the operational funds of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund. They are invested for long-term stability and growth because our policies prohibit us from spending the principal. Only the earnings, or a portion of the earnings, are used each year to support the endowment's specified purpose. An endowment can be funded through current gifts, an estate gift, or a combination of the two. An endowment can provide resources—in your name or the name of a loved one—to the program of your choice for generations to come. See Leverage Your Gift.
Should I tell you if I include Michigan Tech in my will or other estate plans?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to contact our Office of Gift Planning. We want to be able to thank you, and we want to know your wishes regarding the eventual use of your estate gift. Also, with your permission, we want to honor your generosity and commitment to the future of Michigan Tech with membership in our McNair Society.
What are the three primary types of bequests in a will or trust?
- A specific bequest is the simplest form of bequest. It designates a fixed dollar amount or specific assets to a beneficiary, the Michigan Tech Fund in this case. This type of bequest is appropriate when you have a definite dollar amount or a specific item of value (stocks, bonds, real estate, a mineral collection, or rare books) that you wish to leave to Michigan Tech.
- A residual or proportional bequest designates either your entire estate or a percentage of your estate after your specific bequests have been distributed. The advantage of designating a portion of your estate to the Michigan Tech Fund is that the bequest automatically adjusts in size as your estate increases or decreases over the years.
- A contingent bequest is fulfilled only if circumstances make it impossible to carry out a primary bequest. For example, if all other beneficiaries are deceased, a contingent beneficiary receives the bequest.
The simplest way to leave the balance or a portion of your retirement plan assets to Michigan Tech after your lifetime is to list the Michigan Tech Fund as a beneficiary on the beneficiary form supplied by your plan administrator. See Retirement Plan Assets and Bequests in a Will or Trust.
Contact the Office of Gift Planning for more information.
How do I create a bequest to the Michigan Tech Fund?
Your will is a legal document and should be drafted or amended by an attorney. The Office of Gift Planning will be happy to work with you and your attorney to draft a bequest that fits your situation, satisfies your personal goals, and meets Michigan Tech’s needs.
Your bequest can benefit your favorite college, department, or program. Alternatively, you may choose to provide a bequest for unrestricted support, which can be designated by the University to its greatest need at the time of payment.
Contact the Office of Gift Planning for more information.
What is suggested language for a bequest in a will or trust?
Suggested language for a will or trust bequest
I give to the Michigan Tech Fund, a Michigan nonprofit corporation of Houghton, Michigan, _____________ [dollar amount OR percentage of the residue of my estate OR description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose [OR for the benefit of ____________ department/program].