Alternative Giving Methods

Not only do you have options for how your gift will be used, but you also have options on what to give and how to give. There are gifts that cost you nothing now, gifts that pay you income, and gifts that allow you to decide what happens when.

Beneficiary Gifts

Retirement Accounts

Naming The Epsilon Educational Endowment as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh, profit-sharing pension plan, or other donor-advised funds, will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings.

Gifts From Your Will

General Bequest

Through a provision in your written and executed will, you can make a gift in the form of cash, securities, real estate, or personal property. There are many types of bequests. Choose the one that best fits your needs and intentions.

Gifts of Stock

Appreciated Stock

When you donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares instead of cash, you’ll receive charitable deductions at full, fair market value while reducing capital gains impact.

Charitable IRA Rollover

Make a Charitable IRA Rollover

If you’re 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift directly from your IRA to Alpha Epsilon. While there is no charitable deduction for a rollover gift, you do avoid the income tax on the donated portion of your required minimum distribution.

Donor Advised Funds

Beneficiary Designation and Grants

Designate If you have a donor-advised fund you can recommend grants to The Epsilon Educational Endowment. You can also designate Alpha Epsilon as a beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the balance of your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) through your fund administrator.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Beneficiary Designation and Paid-Up Policies

Name The Epsilon Educational Endowment as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy; donate an existing, paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need; or purchase a new life insurance policy and name The Epsilon Educational Endowment as the owner and beneficiary.

Join the Chi Psis Ever Society

When you make a gift to The Epsilon Educational Endowment from your will or trust, you’ll be welcomed into The Chi Psis Ever Society and join other supporters and friends of our important mission. Is The Epsilon Educational Endowment already in your plans? Please let us know so we can properly thank you and make sure your gift will be used as you intended. If you’ve already included Alpha Epsilon in your plans, please let us know so we can properly thank you and make sure your gift will be used as you intended.

The Importance of a Legacy Gift

Reach Your Philanthropic and Financial Goals with a Planned Gift

Reach Your Philanthropic and Financial Goals with a Planned Gift

Learn how leaving a Legacy Gift with The Epsilon Educational Endowment can help support the causes you care about while continuing to meet your current financial needs. Consider an IRA Charitable Rollover, a Donor Advised Fund, or Life Insurance Beneficiary.

After securing the financial needs of your loved ones, a legacy gift enables you to support The Epsilon Educational Endowment and provides you with tax benefits. Legacy gifts of all sizes combine to help us meet our current goals and reach further into the future. By including The Epsilon Educational Endowment in your will or trust, naming the as a beneficiary of all or part of a life insurance policy, or taking advantage of other giving opportunities, you can preserve your assets now and support The Epsilon Educational Endowment for years to come. Your gift will have a real, lasting impact. Let us help you make the gift that’s right for you. Request a confidential, no-obligation conversation to get started.

Contact Us

Steve Starnes, E’01
#4, The Epsilon Educational Endowment

Richard Burns, E’68
Trustee, The Epsilon Trustee Corporation

Why We Give

Donors just like you have made a real impact just by adding a few words to their will or using one of the many giving options available.

“It is important to continue to give leadership opportunities while in college for many. We have an opportunity to truly support diversity and equality at Michigan and encourage gentlemen scholars.”
– Richard Burns E’68

“Chi Psi was consistent with my values and deepened my regard for legacy and paying forward to next generations. I believe Chi Psi can choose to be important to future students, but the brotherhood must see it as important.”
– William Miles E’83

“Being a Chi Psi was key to my social development. It also enhanced my academic performance and career priorities. I think the experience is just as needed for current and future generations as it was for mine.”
– Marc D’Annunzio E’93

For Professional Advisors

If you are working with a professional advisor (or advising a donor) here’s a practical guide for including The Epsilon Educational Endowment in a charitable estate plan.

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