“My education at Darden provided me with invaluable experience and perspective. Among many other things, I learned it’s important to always think about the future.
“As Darden’s reach expands across the globe, we need to help our School prepare a new generation of leaders. By making a planned gift, I have invested in Darden’s future and will help fuel our forward momentum for years to come.
“Simply put, planned giving is a sustainable and easy way to give back to Darden.”
– Palmer Garson (MBA ’83)
Five Answers to Your Planned Giving Questions
Planned gifts from alumni, faculty and friends lay the foundation for a stable future for Darden. The wide variety of planned giving options gives you the ability to satisfy your financial requirements while helping Darden prepare a new generation of responsible and skilled leaders
What is a planned gift?
A planned gift lets you provide a future benefit to the School while meeting your current financial, personal and philanthropic goals. Planned gifts provide a future stream of support that enables Darden to plan with confidence for future programs and projects.
Why is a planned gift a good option for me?
A planned gift can provide you and your family significant tax benefits, greater financial flexibility and lifetime income. Darden can work with you and your advisers to help you structure a gift plan that meets your financial and philanthropic goals regardless of your life stage. Assets you designate to Darden are eliminated from your taxable estate at your death, and 100 percent of your designated support can be applied to the area(s) of your choice.
I’m still young. Why should I consider making a planned gift?
It is never too early to plan your estate. If you would like to provide a future benefit to Darden, you might consider including the School as a beneficiary of your will, living trust, retirement plan or life insurance policy. In this way, you will retain maximum lifetime flexibility and may adjust your beneficiary designation as your personal needs evolve.
How can I benefit immediately from my planned gift?
If you are comfortable making a donation of assets now but would like to receive an income stream, one of several life income gift plans might be perfect for you. These include a charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust. We encourage you to discuss individual plans in depth with our Darden planned giving professionals.
How will my planned gift be recognized?
We will recognize your planned gift according to your wishes. (If you would like to remain anonymous, we will keep your plans confidential.) In addition to recognition within the Darden community, you will also be invited to join the Cornerstone Society, which is composed of alumni, parents and friends of the School who have made planned gifts to the University or its related schools and foundations.
If you have already designated Darden in your estate planning or would like further information, please contact Carter Hoerr, Executive Director for Advancement, HoerrC@darden.virginia.edu or +1-434-924-6576. For more information on how to design your planned gift, visit the University of Virginia's Gift Planning website.