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Investing in Little Learners

Dr. Judy Finkelstein and Dr. Beth Van Meeteren

Dr. Judy Finkelstein is a champion for public education—preschool through university. The emeritus faculty member’s career in early childhood education spanned 50 years, and retirement hasn’t stopped her. Judy remains involved with the College of Education and the Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education.  More

 

Scholarship Donor Encourages Students to Stay Connected

Tinker

Phyllis Tinker '93 has some advice for students at the University of Northern Iowa: "Get involved—the UNI experience is about so much more than classes," says Phyllis. "Take an active role in student organizations. It is a great way to meet friends and develop leadership and communication skills."  More

 

One Blessing Inspires Another

Schroeders

"I grew up during the Depression," says Duane Schroeder '56, "I was just happy to be able to attend college." Duane doesn't remember student loans being available at that time, but he did receive a full-ride scholarship. He says, "I felt so blessed to receive a scholarship. I only had to pay a fee of $70 a quarter. I also worked various jobs on campus, and that is what got me through school."  More

 

Retired Professor's Gift Inspires Students for Years to Come

Thralls

Photos of successful alumni fill the halls of UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services (HPELS). Former professor and director of HPELS, Bill Thrall, knows them all. In 1978, HPELS was established to combine men's and women's health, physical education and recreation programs. At the time of the merger, Bill was the head of the Department of Physical Education for Men.   More

 

A Family Legacy 3 Generations Strong

Hewlett

Shirley Hewlett belongs to a legacy family. Three generations of her family graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and all became teachers. "My husband, Dale, and I both had long teaching careers," says Shirley. "We've continued to take courses to stay up with trends."  More

 

Gratitude Leaves a Priceless Imprint on Students' Lives

Noyen

"Some people are the beginning of so much good," Len Froyen says. "They generously see themselves as an offering. They graciously make space for everyone, strangers and friends alike." This quote posted on Froyen's Facebook page, meant to inspire others, drew comments such as: "That's you, Len" and "I see yourself in all of these attributes. We are grateful for you."  More

 

Make Dreams Come True

Kaiser Smith

"My first day of teaching was a little overwhelming, knowing that I was responsible for teaching all the subjects," says Mary Kaiser Smith '49. Mary had just graduated from college where a different teacher taught every subject. That was 67 years ago. Today, Mary helps future teachers prepare for their first day in the classroom through her gift of scholarship support.  More

 

A Gift From the Heart

Jessica Moon Asa

"It's a privilege to work with high-achieving students from their first semester at UNI to graduation," says Jessica Moon Asa '98. "College is a time of incredible growth, and I get to see the maturity and focus that develops during the students' time with us. It's gratifying to help them through the honors thesis process as seniors and see the undergraduate research and creative work they are capable of. The quality of their work never ceases to amaze me!" More

 

A Gift of Real Estate Provides Flexibility

Susan

Meeting with Susan Moore you get the distinct feeling that she loves her job. Susan has spent her career classifying books and resources so library patrons can find what they need. More

 

40 Years of Giving Leaves a Lasting Impact

Jackson Baty

Professor Jackson Baty ’68 M.A. retired in 1987 and definitely left a significant and lasting impact on the University of Northern Iowa and our students. His work with UNI Greek activities and his assistance with the Northern Iowan student newspaper are highly praised. More

 

Inspired Giving

Edra Bogle

When someone asks me why I'm leaving my estate to UNI, I tell them how I came to love literature and music. More

 

A Lesson in Giving

Worm

Every year when I edit the Pi Tau Phi sorority newsletter, I'm reminded of my college days at Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa). I've helped coordinate two sorority reunions during the past 10 years and we'll be gathering again in September during the Golden Graduate Reunion weekend festivities. More

 

When Did You Create Your Estate Plan?

Marshall Blaine

After the birth of their first child, Marshall and his wife, Theresa, created their will and included a plan that would take care of their children and honor their values through charitable gifts. More

 

We Love Young People

Mel and Vi Reimer

When Mel Reimer arrived at Iowa State Teacher’s College (ISTC) in 1946, he didn’t expect to meet his future wife. More

 

Saying Thanks

David and Lois Kail

David ’74 and Lois ’73 Kail can list several professors who have made an impact on their lives. Among them are the late Wanda and Carl Wehner. More

 

‘At the Heart of What I Care About’

Kathy Green

A perfect day for Kathy Green ’72, ’89 is a day where she is productive, has done something for someone else and has been active outside. More

 

In Sammie's Memory

prange

Cupid's arrow struck Eunice Prange and Sammie Dell at a Sadie Hawkins dance held in the Commons at UNI. They walked down the aisle in 1971 and were married for 25 years until Sammie's death in 1997. More

 

What Are You Teaching Your Kids?

Barrett

Pauline Barrett's passion for philanthropy goes back to her childhood. She says her parents mentored her in a caring attitude to support those in need. That attitude has followed her through life, benefiting countless people, including students at the University of Northern Iowa. More

 

What Is Your Philanthropic Personality?

Lorenz

In Women, Wealth & Giving, authors Margaret May Damen and Niki Nicastro McCuistion describe four types of philanthropic personalities: Rose, Daisy, Carnation and Lily. "Rose" women make up a significant number of leading-edge boomers. More

 

From One Broke Student to Another

Confidence Stimpson

"There was something magic and life-changing about the first time I saw my words set in type," says Confidence Stimpson '62. Confidence is referring to her stint as writer for the College Eye newspaper at State College of Iowa (now University of Northern Iowa). More

 

Betty Hyde MILE Scholarship Helps Minority Students

Betty Hyde

Betty Evans Hyde grew up in Missouri at a time when African-Americans were not allowed to attend state teacher colleges. Determined to continue her education, she saved her money and researched colleges to find one that would admit her and permit her to live in the dorms. In 1949, she enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) in Cedar Falls. More

 

A Knack for Giving Back

Roberta Yoder

Giving back is nothing new for Roberta Yoder B.A. '71 English. Her penchant for philanthropy became evident while a student at the University of Northern Iowa. More

 

Robert O. Wise's Legacy Lights Up Broadway for UNI Theatre Students

Robert O'Wise

Since 2006, the UNI theatre department has benefited from Robert O. Wise's thoughtful planning. Through his will, Robert made a bequest that established the Robert O. Wise Broadway Tour Endowment and the Robert O. Wise Fund for Theatre Excellence. More

 

Helping Students Get a Good Start-Floyds Pass on Their Passion for Teaching to the Next Generation

gary floyd

Gary '62 and Myrna '63 Floyd were science education majors who met on campus. With the Class of 1962 50th reunion coming up on May 3-5, 2012, they couldn't help but reflect on their time at UNI. The couple credits their undergraduate years at UNI for launching them on a lifelong quest of learning and discovery, as well as a passion for teaching. More

 

Guang Jin Achieves Dreams and Makes Them Come True

Guang Jin

Guang Jin imagined herself working in the world of industry and chose the only university in the nation that offered a doctorate degree in industrial technology. More

 

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

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tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the UNI Foundation or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the UNI Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the UNI Foundation as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the UNI Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the UNI Foundation and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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