DECEMBER 3, 2012—When our alumni and friends discuss charitable gifts to the Law School, they often say they wish their gifts could be larger. In truth, there are numerous ways to do more if giving is carefully planned. Some of the most straightforward gift-planning methods are including the Law School in life insurance or retirement plan beneficiary designations or bequests through estate plans. The Law School, together with your own professional advisors, can help you assess your philanthropic goals and determine what, how, and when to give to maximize your philanthropic intent.
We have two recent examples to celebrate. Bill McGinnis (’69) informed the Law School that he substantially increased his existing future commitment to the University of Minnesota and formalized his intent that this very significant gift benefit the Law School specifically. Terry Wade (’76) designated the Law School as a beneficiary of a retirement plan to support scholarships. We are deeply grateful to these and other new members of the 1888 Society, the Law School's recognition society for planned gift donors.
The Law School's GENERATIONS campaign reflects the strong connections between generations of alumni, each building on the work of past generations and paving the way for future generations. A top-20 leader among the nation’s law schools, the Law School has long had a reputation of outstanding strengths and opportunities. Now, working together, we can both maintain and improve its reputation, educational opportunities, and impact as a jewel in Minnesota's crown. Just as we stand on the shoulders of the generations before us, together we can provide the solid foundation to support those who follow.