The reasons and ways people donate to Boise State University are as varied and unique as each individual donor.
We recently received a substantial bequest from the estate of an alumna who received her associate degree in the 1940s. It was a planned gift to scholarships for archeology students and women’s athletics on campus – the life interests of her and her husband, an alumnus who received his associate degree just one year before his wife.
With careers that offered a relatively modest income, they gave to Boise State what they could when they could throughout their lives. But through charitable gift planning she was able to express how much they, as a couple, valued the education they received here and their belief in the university’s mission.
This generous estate gift supports the viability of one of modern America’s most important and noble civil aspirations – equal opportunity for female athletes to get a college education. It also supports scholarships for students interested in archeology, ensuring that a student, who may not otherwise be able to afford a college degree, , can still earn one. Building support for scholarships at Boise State is a top priority for the university and, through this gift, more deserving students will have the resources they need to reach their fullest potential.
Great for our donors now and very fortunate for Boise State and its students later, planned giving offers a wide variety of flexible opportunities for donors of all ages. Smart tax advantages, the ability to make substantial future gifts with modest current cost, the opportunity to plan for heirs and leaving a legacy at Boise State that will last long after you are gone – these are all very real reasons our donors pursue gift planning with Boise State.
Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.