Why We Give

Kalista FourreSee the Impact of Your Gift

"One of my favorite things about Whitworth is the great atmosphere created by faculty and students on campus. I have always felt very comfortable on campus and valued as a student by my peers and faculty." Read More


The Benefits of Giving

Throughout their 65-year marriage, Glen and Dottie Ellison, both '49, served others through their work in education and business, and through their active leadership in their church and their dedication to the Whitworth community. Read More


LandMake an Impact at Whitworth

As you plan your legacy, a gift of real estate may be the perfect option for you to consider. One of Whitworth's unique real estate gifts is the university's Verbrugge Environmental Center, a teaching, learning and conservation center nestled in the beautiful Scotia Valley 35 miles northeast of campus. Offering 605 acres of forested land where faculty and students do hands-on research, the center provides students opportunities to investigate issues related to resource conservation, human ecology, ethno-botany and ecosystem restoration; they also engage in basic and applied ecological research. Read More


Dedicated group of supportersIt's Easier Than Ever to Support Whitworth

You've worked hard, saved diligently and are ready to enjoy your retirement years. Maybe you're also looking for a way to give back to the organizations and causes that are important to you. Consider making a gift from your IRA. Read More


Roberta NicholsonWhitworth's Legacy Challenge

Roberta Nicholson, '60, recently learned about Whitworth's new Legacy Challenge, an exciting opportunity provided by trustee Walt Oliver, '67, and his wife, Kay. When you let Whitworth know of your bequest intentions, Walt and Kay will provide a one-time match of up to $5,000.  Read More


Pat Stien and Beth Stien DavisDaughter Honors Family's Long Whitworth History with Legacy Gift

When Beth Stien Davis first learned of the Pines to Promise scholarship initiative, she jumped at the opportunity to establish a scholarship to honor her mother's legacy as a theatre arts professor at Whitworth.  Read More


Georgene PattenCreative and Consistent Giving Defines Alumna’s Legacy

Georgene Patten, a graduate of the Whitworth Class of 1950, was honored during Homecoming Weekend this year with the 2015 Alumni Service to Whitworth Award for her ardent lifelong desire to educate young people's minds and hearts.  Read More


WhitworthRetired Teacher Puts Heart, Hope into 'Unexpected' Gift

During her 30 years teaching in urban schools, Gretchen Harrell '60, encountered too many students who had the intellectual ability to go on to college but lacked the necessary family support, study skills or financial resources. When she heard about a successful program equipping and supporting students from inner-city Tacoma and Spokane to attend Whitworth University, her alma mater, she got excited. Read More


Barbara and Herb SandersCouple Gives From the Mind and Heart

Barbara and Herb Sanders believe in the importance of high-quality education. Barb is dean of the Whitworth University School of Education and is a proud '92 graduate of Whitworth's Master in Teaching Program. The Sanderses' two sons and daughters-in-law are also Whitworth grads, and Barb and Herb have provided financial support for several Whitworth students who attended their church.   Read More


Bud and Loretta MyhreA Gift That Grew 30-Fold

A $44,900 real-estate gift made to Whitworth University (then College) in 1976 was recently sold for $1.15 million! The donors, Leonard "Bud" Myhre and his wife, Loretta, loved Whitworth's mission of mind-and-heart education. Bud served on the Whitworth College Board of Trustees from 1973 to 1992; during his tenure on the board he declared, "I firmly believe in the Whitworth theme of Jesus Christ as an essential part of the college education."    Read More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Whitworth University 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 hereby give, devise and bequeath to Whitworth University, a nonprofit corporation located in Spokane, Washington, and a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code,      gift of what       (the sum of $               ; or            % of my estate; the residual of my estate; or the personal/real property described herein) to be used for        purpose      (general and unrestricted use; endowment; academic programs; scholarship; facilities etc)

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 Whitworth 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 Whitworth 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 Whitworth 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 Whitworth where you agree to make a gift to Whitworth 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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