Ways to Give

The Bush School can help you tailor a gift that fulfills your long-term charitable and financial goals. To discuss your options, call our Director of Development at (979) 458-8035.

There are many traditional ways of giving, and in many cases corporate matching funds may be used to help fulfill a personal pledge. Some of the opportunities include endowed student fellowships, endowed faculty positions, departments and programs, rooms and outdoor areas, and unrestricted excellence funds.

10 ways to give to the Bush School of Government and Public Service

  1. An outright gift of cash or securities
    For gifts of cash, you are entitled to an income tax deduction of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income with a five-year carry-over period for the excess. For gifts of long-term appreciated securities, the limit is 30 percent of adjusted gross income, and you may be able to avoid the capital gain that would have applied had you sold the securities.

  2. A five-year pledge
    We want to accommodate your unique circumstances and are happy to have installment gifts of up to five years. Additional arrangements can be made for a portion of your annual pledge payment to fund your scholarship as you build the endowment.

  3. A gift in trust
    We are happy to work with you and your financial adviser to create an income arrangement that suits your unique circumstances. For example, you may choose a fixed or fluctuating payment, the rate of such payment and many other features to suit your needs. You may incur no capital gain tax on the transfer of appreciated, long-term securities or real estate to the trust, and you will receive an income tax deduction for part of the gift. Upon the death of the beneficiary (you or another person), The Bush School will have the use of the residual funds for the purpose you designate.

  4. An outright gift of real estate
    Most real estate has appreciated faster than the rate of inflation and offers great potential in charitable gift planning. We would be happy to explore with you a gift of a home, vacation property, condominium, undeveloped land or other real estate in support of the program that you select.

  5. A gift of a personal residence or farm with a retained life estate
    It is possible to transfer ownership of your personal residence or farm to The Bush School while retaining the enjoyment of the property during your lifetime. This may be an excellent way to support the university, receive a current income tax deduction for the property's discounted value and continue to use the property for as long as you live.

  6. The purchase of a new life insurance policy benefiting the Bush School
    You can make a magnificent commitment to the university through a life insurance gift. Through relatively modest annual gifts, you can create a major gift. Plus, your annual premiums will be deductible for income tax purposes.

  7. A gift of an existing life insurance policy
    Many people own insurance policies that are no longer needed for their original purposes. Such policies can be given to The Bush School. In general, you will be entitled to an income tax deduction for the cash surrender value, and can deduct the amount of future premiums paid.

  8. A gift of an income stream
    You can provide annual payments to The Bush School from a pool of assets that later will be distributed to your heirs. This plan allows you to transfer assets to family members at a reduced transfer tax while providing meaningful support to our institution for a period of years.

  9. A bequest
    You can provide a gift by naming The Bush School as a beneficiary of your will. Upon your death, these funds will go to the program you have designated.

  10. Creative combinations
    You can make a major commitment through any one of the above gift arrangements, or you can combine them in creative ways to suit your unique circumstances.