Legacy Giving

When you include Bluffton in your will or estate plan, you sustain Bluffton's mission in a very special way.

A legacy gift is a commitment made during your lifetime that provides support to Bluffton at a future date. Legacy gifts are a wonderful way to provide larger support for Bluffton than you may have thought possible while still providing for a family and other estate planning goals.

Special opportunity for IRA Rollover gifts in 2014
On Dec. 16, 2014, the Senate passed HR 5771 which included a one year extension of expired tax provisions retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. This reauthorizes the IRA charitable rollover through Dec. 31, 2014. Donors age 70 1/2 and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to a qualified public charity. The transfer will be made free of federal income tax and the gift qualifies for the donor's 2014 required minimum distribution (RMD). President Obama signed the bill into law on Dec. 19.
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Ways to make a Legacy Gift include:

  • A bequest in your will or living trust is most common
  • Life income gifts provide a future gift to Bluffton and an income tax deduction and income stream for you or family
  • Designating Bluffton as a beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account is a simple way to make a planned gift
  • A charitable lead trust provides financial support to Bluffton for a specified term with the trust assets returning to you or your heirs with significant tax savings

The Noah C. Hirschy Legacy Society recognizes donors who support the university with legacy commitments. To become a member and confirm your commitment to Bluffton's future, simply complete and return the membership form (pdf). There is no obligation to share the specific details of your estate plan, simply that you have included Bluffton.

Please contact Chris Moser, Director of Development to learn more about legacy giving to Bluffton including a copy of our Legacy Giving brochure.