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From One Broke Student to Another

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Confidence Stimpson '62 is a real estate broker in New York and enjoys writing a blog.

"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). She advanced to managing editor, then executive editor in her senior year. That led to a long career as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles and New York. Today, Confidence is a real estate broker in New York and writes a blog.

"I strongly believe that no matter what career or profession you pursue—whether it's teaching wood shop, curing cancer or arguing before the Supreme Court—a solid liberal arts education is the best preparation you can have, and that's what I got at SCI," Confidence says.

Early during her college days, Confidence realized that most students were as broke as she was—and she believes that is still the case today. She worked several jobs, took out loans and received help from a great-grandmother she had never met.

"An important source of money was a small trust fund willed to my mother by my great-grandmother Pauline Mann Mitchell," Confidence says. "Mrs. Mitchell was long dead by the time I was born, but the $300 per year from that trust fund was a great help."

Through a gift in her will to UNI to help future students, Confidence will continue her grandmother's legacy.

"Somewhere I hope my great-grandmother Pauline Mann Mitchell is smiling. I know I will be."

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Contact Jane Halverson at (319) 273-4665 or jane.halverson@uni.edu to find out how you can easily extend your support of UNI into the future.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP],
give, devise and bequeath to the University of Northern Iowa Foundation, an
Iowa nonprofit corporation of Cedar Falls, Iowa, [written amount or percentage
of the estate or description of property] to be used for such purposes as the
Board of Trustees may determine."

able to be changed or cancelled

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.

cannot be changed or cancelled

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.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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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