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Gift Planning

Planned Giving

Find out what types of assets make the best planned gifts. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property.

Gift Planning

Gift planning, also referred to as planned giving or legacy giving, describes an array of methods that can be used to commit to making a gift that will be paid to a non-profit organization at a future date, in some cases from the donor's estate upon their passing. Often these options allow a person or couple to make a more significant gift than they would be able to with their ordinary income. These giving vehicles can align with estate and tax planning guidance, often providing the donor or donors a means to benefit both their heirs and the not-for-profit organization, while reducing the impact on the donor's estate, the sale of a business, or other events with significant tax consequences.


Your charitable gift to ESU will provide vital support for our students and our institution and will influence the well-being of our graduates and the communities they serve far into the future. In addition, you can enjoy immediate or deferred tax benefits for you and your family.

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Getting Started

If you would like to create a plan for your future or need to make updates to an existing plan, the Wills Planner can help you get started. Watch the videos below to learn how to use the Wills Planner to create the peace of mind that comes with having a plan. When you are ready to get started click on Login to Plan Your Will and create your personal settings.

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Getting Started
Getting Started
A good estate plan will provide for and protect your family. The Wills Planner will help you conveniently and quickly gather the information you need to complete your plan. Follow these steps to get started.
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You and Your Family
You and Your Family
Learn how to set your Wills Planner preferences. In this section, you can also begin entering data about you and your family members as well as some of your planning goals.
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Your Contacts and Healthcare
Your Contacts and Healthcare
Learn how to use the Wills Planner to select the individuals you want to manage your estate and who can manage your legal and healthcare decisions if you are unable to make these decisions yourself.
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Your Finances
Your Finances
Learn how to compile a complete list of your assets so your attorney can complete your plan and make provision on how these assets will be distributed to your loved ones.
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Your Estate Plan
Your Estate Plan
Learn how to select the right estate plan. The plan you choose will depend on several factors including the people and charities that you wish to include in your estate plan.
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Provide and Protect
Provide & Protect
Learn how to use the Wills Planner resources to find answers to some of the more common estate planning questions and concerns that people have. Provide and Protect is a great resource that can help you find the answers you need.
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Connecting with a Gift Planner
Connecting with a Gift Planner
Learn how to ask our organization questions about estate planning and charitable giving. You do not have to share any information with us, but we are here to help you with the decision-making process.
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Connecting with a Gift Attorney
Connecting with a Gift Attorney
Learn how to take your Wills Planner information to a qualified estate planning attorney and other advisors who can then help you complete your estate plan.
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Making a PDF
Making a PDF
After completing your wills planner, you will want to create a file of the information you wish to share with your estate planning attorney. Build and save your Wills Planner PDF with these simple steps.
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