A Teachers Support Comes From the Heart

Willeta Swanson and President Dennis L. Hefner smilingAs a teacher who enjoyed a 33-year career, Willetta Swanson understands the importance of a college education. Willetta taught elementary school from the time she graduated from Fredonia in 1946 until her retirement in 1980. Her passion for assisting young minds and ensuring their bright futures is evident not only from her career choice but also through her continuous support for Fredonia.

Throughout her career, Willetta set aside money from each paycheck to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds - a practice that ultimately allowed her to fulfill her philanthropic goals and, at the same time, secure lifetime financial support for herself and cherished family members.

Having benefited from a previously established charitable gift annuity with the Fredonia College Foundation, Willetta trusted the administration of her gift and saw the value in the guaranteed quarterly income. With that in mind, using the money from the matured bonds, she established three additional and distinct annuities with the foundation. The first will supplement her own retirement income, while the others will provide a lifetime of support to her loved ones in a special way. Doing so has allowed Willetta the joy to be "happy to see her niece and nephew enjoy the extra money."

In addition, as a result of Willetta's foresight, bigheartedness and astute decision-making, the remainder of each annuity, beyond her lifetime, will combine to establish the Willetta Swanson College of Education Dean's Scholarship at Fredonia. She is creating it to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in childhood education and foster excellence in the teaching profession. In addition to academic achievement, she has made sure that important non-academic factors are considered, such as hard work, conscientiousness, responsibility and youth activity involvement, in addition to having a passion for teaching children. Clearly, these are attributes that we all would be happy to find in our teachers.

Willetta Swanson is a very special friend of Fredonia, and we are deeply grateful for her generosity and support of the College of Education and the hundreds of future educators it graduates each and every year.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Fredonia College 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

"I give to Fredonia College Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Fredonia, NY, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Fredonia 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 Fredonia 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 Fredonia 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 Fredonia where you agree to make a gift to Fredonia 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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