Next Steps

  1. Contact The Office of Planned Giving at 401-863-9119 or Planned_Giving@brown.edu for additional information on creating a memorial gift at Brown.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you make a memorial gift to Brown through your estate, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Brown University
Address: Office of Planned Giving
Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912
Federal Tax ID Number: 05-0258809

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Planned Giving

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Sierra J. Rosen
Executive Director
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Carole Johnston
Trusts & Estates Manager
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Lisa Logan Ross
Associate
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A Gift That Honors a Life

Memorials and Tributes

If you have a loved one who has been impacted by Brown University, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday while supporting Brown's efforts to nurture the curiosity of our students. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

A Gift to Honor a Quiet Hero

Newell Morton

If you wish to quietly honor someone who influenced or changed your life, you can also make a tribute gift anonymously. The Newell H. Morton A. B. 1932 Scholarship was established by an alumnus who wishes to remain anonymous. Newell Morton changed this donor's life by making it possible for the donor to attend Brown University:

"Newell Morton '32 committed his life to leading and influencing others behind the scenes, without publicity and without recognition. I have found myself becoming more and more proud of his accomplishments as a teacher, coach and community volunteer. He loved Brown University, and, without recognition of any kind, he introduced Brown to many young people in our town of Reading, Massachusetts. He made it possible for me and for others to enter Brown and for even more to attain an appreciation for the solid values of our society as reflected by Brown University. My gift honors Newt's legacy and will support Brown scholars for generations to come."

Learn How to Fund It

You can create a memorial gift using the following assets:

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Brown University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Brown University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Office of Planned Giving
Box 1893, Providence, RI 02912, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Brown or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Brown as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Brown as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Brown where you agree to make a gift to Brown and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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