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Planned Giving

There are many ways to make a big impact

At University of Detroit Mercy, we continue to provide excellent, student-centered education through the Catholic Jesuit and Mercy traditions. When you plan a gift to support Detroit Mercy, you are helping us create opportunities for students who will lead and serve in their communities. Our students can do great things, and we are counting on your support to make a difference.

One way to explore your donation options is to try our Gift Illustrator.

Wills and Living Trusts

The easiest way to make an impact is to include a charitable bequest to Detroit Mercy in your will or living trust.  It's a great way you can help ensure that we can continue our mission for years to come. Your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.

Gifts that Provide Income

Charitable Gift Annuities

One gift that allows you to support Detroit Mercy's work while receiving fixed payments for life is a charitable gift annuity. Not only does this gift provide you with regular payments and allow us to further our work, but when you create a charitable gift annuity with Detroit Mercy you can receive a variety of tax benefits, including a federal income tax charitable deduction.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

If you have built up a sizeable estate and are also looking for ways to receive reliable payments, you may want to check out the advantages of setting up a charitable remainder trust. Benefits of a charitable remainder trust include a partial charitable income tax deduction, potential for increased income, and up-front capital gains tax avoidance.

Other Popular Ways to Give

Charitable Lead Trusts

Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Detroit Mercy, yet you don't want to give up any assets that you'd like your family to receive someday? You can have it both ways with a charitable lead trust.

Real Estate

Want to make a big gift to University of Detroit Mercy without touching your bank account? Consider giving us real estate. Such a generous gift helps us continue our work for years to come. And a gift of real estate also helps you. When you give us appreciated property you have held longer than one year, you get a federal income tax charitable deduction. You avoid paying capital gains tax. And you no longer have to deal with that property's maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance.

Another benefit: You don't have to hassle with selling the real estate. You can deed the property directly to Detroit Mercy or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.

Memorials And Tribute Gifts

If you have a loved one who has been impacted by University of Detroit Mercy, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday while supporting the work of our mission. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Endowed Gifts

You have the power to help safeguard the future of University of Detroit Mercy. How? By making an endowed gift. Your gift is an investment in our future, helping us grow and thrive for years to come.

Donor Advised Funds

An easy, cost-effective way to support University of Detroit Mercy might be a donor advised fund, which is like a charitable savings account. Here's how it works: You transfer cash or other assets to a tax-exempt sponsoring organization such as a public foundation. You can then recommend—but not direct—how much and how often money is granted to Detroit Mercy or other charities—sometimes as easily as using a Web portal. And you avoid the cost and complexities of managing a private foundation.

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