A beneficiary designation is one of the simplest ways to make a gift to Bucknell University. It's as easy as filling out a form.
You can specify the individuals and charities you want to support, as well as the percentage of the assets you want each beneficiary to receive.
Beneficiary designations are available when giving the following assets:
An alternative to a bequest gift is to designate Bucknell University as the beneficiary of your retirement assets. This gift is simple because you can control the transfer of these assets at your death without changing your will or living trust. All you need to do is request (and complete) a new beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator. There is no need to modify your will or living trust.
A gift of retirement assets has the added advantage of being among the most tax-wise ways to make an estate gift. This is because your retirement assets, if left to individuals, will be subject to income tax when they receive distributions and, in the case of a non-spouse, those distributions may be accelerated. With a gift to a nonprofit such as Bucknell University, 100 percent of the funds are available for its charitable purposes. If you want to remember us in your estate plan, it is often better to leave other types of assets – cash, securities, real estate – to your heirs and give the more heavily taxed retirement asset to Bucknell University.
Life Insurance policies can also be used to make a gift to Bucknell University. Complete and return to the insurance company a form designating that Bucknell University receives all or a portion of the death benefit associated with your life insurance policy. As an alternative to naming Bucknell University as the beneficiary, you can transfer ownership of the policy. Transferring ownership results in an immediate income tax charitable deduction and potential income tax savings in the year of the gift.
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