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    Impact our future through planned giving

    • Touch the lives of others while creating a lasting legacy
    • Find peace of mind through a wide variety of tax benefits
    • Help the University of Michigan achieve its goals for current and future generations

Beneficiary Designations

Do you own a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b)? Would you like to make a significant gift to the University of Michigan and leave a lasting legacy? If so, you may wish to name U-M as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan.


  • TAX SAVINGS—By making a gift of all or a portion of your retirement assets to U-M, your estate will receive a charitable deduction and reduce both the possible income and estate tax liability. This potential doubletaxation would significantly diminish the inheritance you planned for your children or grandchildren.

  • REVOCABLE—You can modify or revoke the beneficiary designations at any time during your lifetime.
  • AVOID PROBATE—Gifting assets via a beneficiary designation will avoid the probate process.

  • EASY TO DO—Simply fill out a brief beneficiary designation form provided by the plan or account administrator. (You will need U-M's legal name and tax ID number.)

  • INEXPENSIVE—In most cases, there is no need to amend your will or trust, thus saving legal fees.

If you do not have a will or if your will needs updating, please call us for estate planning attorney referrals. If you are interested in learning more about creating a plan, please visit our website at leadersandbest.umich.edu/giftplanning. You will find a FREE Planning Your Legacy wills guide, bequest language, and other tools designed specifically to help you and your attorney. Please call us at 866-233-6661 or email at giving2@umich.edu if we can be of assistance to you in your planning.


The University of Michigan has 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt status; our federal tax ID number is 38-6006309.

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