Alternative Giving Methods

Gifts of Stock
One of the biggest tax advantages in charitable giving continues to be the double benefit donors get when donating appreciated assets to The RSE Foundation instead of cash. By giving appreciated assets (like stocks held for more than one year), you’ll get a charitable tax deduction for the full value of the asset and avoid any capital gains tax that would have applied if you had sold the stock and made your gift in cash. Learn more here.

Memorial Gifts
Many donors wish to give a contribution in honor of another alumnus, family member, or friend. If any of these options are of interest to you, please include a note along with your donation to notify us of your intent to make a memorial gift and to provide us with the details of your honoree.

Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)
The IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) allows individuals age 70½ or older to make an outright gift of as much as $100,000 annually to 501(c)(3) charity such as the RSE Foundation from a traditional IRA. The withdrawal amount may count toward your annual required minimum distribution (RMD). Although the RMD is not required until age 72 (for 2022-23), the QCD can be particularly beneficial for donors who do not itemize and instead file the standard deduction. Learn more here.

Legacy Giving

After securing the financial needs of your loved ones, a legacy gift enables you to support The RSE Foundation in the future. By including us in your will, naming us as a beneficiary of all or part of a life insurance policy, or taking advantage of other planned giving opportunities, you can preserve your assets now and support RSE for years to come. If you would like to discuss what kind of gift might be right for you, contact us at and request a confidential, no-obligation conversation to get started.

Retirement Accounts
You can name RSE as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh, or profit-sharing pension plan.

Gifts of Life Insurance
Many times the life insurance coverage that one has accumulated over the years is no longer needed for its original purpose. In such cases, a donor can name RSE as the primary or secondary beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Alternatively, if you do not wish to continue payments on a whole-life policy that has accumulated cash value, consider making a present gift of the cash value to RSE.

We encourage alumni to consider us as a part of their estate planning by including a bequest in their will for RSE. A bequest may take the form of cash, securities, real estate, or other assets. The alumnus may leave a bequest in the form of a specific sum; specific property; or, a percentage of the remainder of their estate after provisions for survivors have been fulfilled.

Gifts to RSE are not tax-deductible. Gifts to The RSE Foundation are tax-deductible. The information contained herein should not be relied upon for personal, legal, or financial decisions and you should consult your own advisor for specific advice tailored to your situation.