An Open Letter to Fellow Alumni: Dr. Robert A. Hagstrom, '64

Dr. Robert A. Hagstrom smilingMy desire to give to Fredonia has grown throughout my adult life, as I have become increasingly aware of how profoundly individuals at Fredonia influenced my life. I so wish that other undergrads, uncertain about their majors and futures, could have the same experiences-in their own unique ways, of course.

Many of my Fredonia professors are still teaching me today, as I profit from a wonderful retirement after decades of being a teacher and administrator myself. Those reading these words may never have met Nancy Libby, Calvin Smith, Douglas Shepard, William Knode or Robert Nossen, but their influence on me as a student was great and shapes my personal life and world view today. Their regard for disciplines and for students entered my life and has refracted throughout it.

I never took a formal course from Dallas Beal, but as I watched him during his long tenure as chairman of the Fredonia university-wide Committee on the Arts and was his seatmate on frequent trips to Albany and New York City for meetings, I learned a great deal about a cool, effective administrator. He, too, became a friend.

So when I give to Fredonia State University, it is with gratitude for what it did for me through its wonderful people. Comments of gratitude begin to surface for student friends made at Fredonia (Marge Nagel, Jim and Alice Hardy, Harvey Stedman come to mind); those reminiscences can be held for another time.

May many students prosper because of Fredonia's contributions to their lives, as I have! May we alumni all help them to that fortunate end.

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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Fredonia College Foundation [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 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 Fredonia 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 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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