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Ways to Give

There are a variety of ways alumni and friends can support the Pitt School of Law. Below you will find a sampling of examples which may suit your particular interest. Members of the Law School Development Office are happy to assist with additional information and specific details.

Outright Support

Gifts of Cash

Maximize your charitable deduction and deliver immediate benefits to the Law School. Outright support can be a one-time gift or payable over 5 years. For example, a commitment of $50,000 can be pledged by committing $10,000 per year over 5 years. At commitment at this level will qualify for recognition in the Amicus Society.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

The IRS allows one of its most significant tax breaks for gifts of appreciated securities. Appreciated securities can be used to make a one-time gift or to fulfill a pledge (as illustrated above). Securities can be electronically transferred to the University of Pittsburgh. Gifts of appreciated stock are stock help avoid capital gains tax.

Gifts of Real Estate

Make a substantial gift to the Law School through a transfer of residential, commercial, or undeveloped real estate. Special approval by the University of Pittsburgh is required in advance.

Gifts of Business Interests

Give the Law School an interest in a closely-held or family business.

Planned and Life-Income Gifts

Gifts by Will or Living Trust

Many Pitt Law alumni have provided for the Law School in their estate planning. By simply documenting your revocable bequest intentions, the Law School can include a percentage of your planned gift in our campaign totals. A great way to give without affecting your cash flow during your lifetime.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Create a significant endowment for the Law School without dipping into your capital assets. We recommend speaking with a member of the development staff before establishing a life insurance policy.

Charitable Gift Annuities - Immediate

Receive a fixed payout and significant tax benefits. Recommended for donors age 65 and older.

Charitable Gift Annuities - Deferred

Build retirement earnings by deferring the onset of annuity payments and utilizing compounding interest. Recommended for younger donors as annuity payments begin at age 55. Tax deduction is given at time of gift.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Freeze the taxable value of your appreciating assets by using them to make gifts today and pass them back to family members later. A great way to transfer wealth to your family members and avoid future gift or estate taxes.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

Combine a charitable gift with a predictable fixed-income payout by placing your donation into an individually managed trust. Choose from several options that best meet your personal financial situation and our needs.

If you have questions, please contact:

Benjamin Ginsberg, Esq.
Director of Development
Phone: 412-624-5187
Cell: 215-280-8244