Great Things Newsletter

Did you know there are many ways to support the University of Detroit Mercy besides writing a check?

These types of donations are often referred as planned gifts because they require a little bit of planning, and often, help from a professional advisor. Planned gifts can be made now to immediately support your needs or they can be enacted upon your death as a final way to leave your legacy. Consider these options:

A gift in your will or revocable living trust. Known as a bequest, this form of giving is accomplished by working with your attorney to include a few simple sentences in your will or living trust. Because this gift doesn’t go into effect until your death, you can change your mind at any time.

A gift of your retirement plan assets. By naming UDM as the primary beneficiary on the beneficiary form for a percentage (1-100) of your account’s final value, you can make a gift to support our work after your lifetime and spare your loved ones additional taxes.

A gift that provides you with income for life. Through a life income gift, you make a gift and in return you and, if you desire, someone else receive income for life. After your lifetime and that of the person you choose, the remaining balance of your gift supports our students.

To learn more about the benefits of planned gifts and the various options available to you, please contact: Mark Grzybowski, 313-578-0330 or


Mark Grzybowski
Director of Gift Planning