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Create Your Plan Estate Planning Guide E-newsletter The Peterson Society
  • Bequest—If you are looking for a way to leave a lasting legacy, consider naming us as a beneficiary of your will or trust. This is among the most popular ways to give back and allows you to continue to use your assets.

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  • A charitable gift annuity is a great way to support our mission while leaving a lasting legacy

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  • IRA Charitable Rollover—If you are 70 1/2 or older, an IRA rollover gift is a great way to support our mission, manage your income and taxes and simplify your charitable giving.

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Gifts of Retirement Assets

Donating part or all of your unused retirement assets, such as your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan, is an excellent way to make a gift to Buffalo State.

If you are like most people, you probably will not use all of your retirement assets during your lifetime. You can make a gift of your unused retirement assets to help further our mission.

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Benefits of gifts of retirement assets

  • Avoid potential estate tax on retirement assets
  • Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis
  • Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction

How to make a gift of retirement assets

To leave your retirement assets to Buffalo State, you will need to complete a beneficiary designation form provided by your retirement plan custodian. If you designate Buffalo State 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.

More on gifts of retirement assets

Did you know that 60%-70% of your retirement assets may be taxed if you leave them to your heirs at your death? Another option is to leave your heirs assets that receive a step up in basis, such as real estate and stock, and give the retirement assets to Buffalo State. As a charity, we are not taxed upon receiving an IRA or other retirement plan assets.

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If you have any questions about gifts of retirement assets, please contact us. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.

Please let us know if you have already included Buffalo State as a beneficiary of your retirement assets. We would like to thank you and recognize you for your gift.

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Giving to Buffalo State

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Cleveland Hall 304  •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4658  •  bscfoundation@buffalostate.edu