Planned Giving

What is planned giving?

Planned Giving is a smart and powerful way to multiply the impact of your gift to Dordt University. Cash, assets, commodities, real estate, life insurance, or a gift in your will are meaningful ways to further Dordt’s distinctive vision.

Why give with planned giving?

Generosity comes in many forms. Your planned gift to Dordt University is an act of stewardship and care that reflects you and your priorities. Planned giving is a simple, flexible, and versatile way to your maximize your impact.

Options to give with planned giving:

Leave a gift in your will

Making a gift to Dordt University in your will can be as simple as one sentence and is an easy way to support Dordt’s mission. Gifts in your will or living trust are versatile and can include, cash, assets, or a percentage of your estate.

Charitable gift annuities

A charitable gift annuity to Dordt University is the gift that gives back now and for the rest of your life. When you establish a charitable gift annuity you receive an income tax charitable deduction and fixed payments based on the percentage of your original gift all while supporting Dordt’s mission.

Charitable remainder trusts

A charitable remainder trust provides a gift to Dordt University and offers you reliable payments in two ways. 

  • The annuity trust pays you a predetermined annual fixed dollar amount. Your payments stay the same, regardless of fluctuations in trust investments.
  • The unitrust pays you an annual variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. The amount of your payments is redetermined annually based on the current value of the trust.

Charitable lead trusts

A charitable lead trust can make gifts to Dordt University in two ways.

  • A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to Dordt University and is more attractive when interest rates are low.
  • A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust.

Memorial & Tribute gifts

Memorial and Tribute gifts to Dordt University are lasting and meaningful ways to honor a loved one, celebrate a special occasion, or mark an achievement.

Commodities

A gift of commodities or livestock to Dordt University is a smart and meaningful investment. Your gift of the sale (on a cash basis) is not required on your tax return while the cost of production can be claimed as an expense.