Endowed and Planned Gifts

Planned giving provides for a future gift to Baker
through your financial and estate plans.

$2 Million

Planned giving provides for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans.

$2 Million

Throughout our lifetime, most of us strive to make a difference in the lives of others. We give back, as we are able, to charities and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts, and for many, that includes Baker University. But as many of us make plans for the future, we must think about the legacy we want to leave after we’re gone. We must think about how to make the world a better place for future generations.

Through a planned gift you can ensure that Baker University will keep its doors open to qualified students and continue to offer life-changing opportunities at all four of our schools. Endowed unrestricted gifts pay tribute to the role Baker has played in our lives and allows donors to give back in a way that will sustain the university for generations to come. Planned gifts provide for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans. Your support of Baker University honors and maintains our rich tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. Donors who include Baker University in their estate plans are inducted into the Pulliam Society, an honorary association of donors recognized and appreciated by the university.

To make a planned gift, please contact Danielle Jones Rease, Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Development at 785.594.4599 or Danielle.JonesRease@bakerU.edu.

Gifts of Cash

A donation of cash is a simple and easy way to make a gift

The following are benefits of gifts of cash:

  • You can make an immediate impact on our mission.
  • You can take a charitable income tax deduction.

To make an online gift of cash, complete the online donation form. You gift will be processed quickly and safely using our secure server.

You may also send us a check or money order. Please let us know if you want your gift used for a specific purpose by indicating that purpose either in the memo line or in a letter to us.

Gifts of Stocks & Bonds

Donating appreciated securities, including stocks or bonds, is an easy and tax-effective way for you to make a gift to Baker University.

The following are benefits of gifts of stocks and bonds:

  • You will avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of appreciated stock.
  • You will receive a charitable income tax deduction.
  • You will further our mission today.

Make a gift of stocks and bonds by electronic transfer or by certified mail.

Gifts of Real Estate

Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch, or commercial property can make a great gift to Baker University.

The following are benefits of gifts of real estate:

  • You avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the real estate.
  • You will receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the gift.
  • You will leave a lasting legacy to Baker University.

Your real property may be given to Baker University by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. You may deed part or all of your real property to Baker University, and your gift will generally be based on the property’s fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal.

Gifts of Retirement Assets

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), pension, or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to Baker University.

The following are benefits of gifts of retirement assets:

  • You will avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets.
  • Your heirs will avoid income tax on retirement assets funded on a pretax basis.
  • You will receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax donation.

To leave your retirement assets to Baker University, you need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate Baker University as beneficiary, we will benefit from the full value of your gift because your IRA assets will not be taxed at your death. Your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift

Gifts of Insurance

A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to make a gift to Baker University. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making it a gift to Baker University. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children and they are now financially independent adults.

The following are benefits of gifts of life insurance:

  • You will receive a charitable income tax deduction.
  • If Baker University retains the policy to maturity, you can receive additional tax deductions by making annual gifts so that we can pay the premiums.
  • If Baker University cashes in the policy, you will be able to see firsthand how your gift supports our work.
  • If we retain the policy to maturity or you name us as a beneficiary, once the policy matures, the proceeds of your policy will be paid to us so that we can use the proceeds to further our work.

To make a gift of life insurance, please contact your insurance provider, request a beneficiary designation form from the insurer, and include Baker University as the beneficiary of your policy.

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