Planned Giving

How will you give?

Learn how making a gift to Virginia Commonwealth University can help support the causes you care about while continuing to meet your current financial needs.

VCU has four philanthropic affiliated foundations*. These entities accept and invest gifts in support of the university.

Reach your philanthropic and financial goals with planned giving

A planned gift enables you to support VCU, secures the financial needs of your loved ones, and provides you with tax benefits. Planned gifts of all sizes combine to help us meet our current goals and reach further into the future.

By including VCU in your will or trust, naming VCU as a beneficiary of your retirement or other account, or taking advantage of other strategic giving opportunities, your gift will have a real, lasting impact.

Let us help you make the gift that’s right for you.

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Legacy Society

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The Heritage Society on the Monroe Park Campus, the MCV Society on the MCV Campus, and the Lawrence Society at VCU Massey Cancer Center recognize individuals who have made planned gifts for the benefit of the university and health system.

Is VCU already in your plans?

Please let us know so we can properly thank you and make sure your gift will be used as you’ve intended.

How to give

Not only do you have options for how your gift to VCU will be used, 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 make an immediate impact.

General bequest

Gifts from your will or trust

Through a provision in your will or trust, 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.

Charitable gift annuity

Gifts that pay you

You can turn underperforming assets (stock, cash in a savings account, CDs, savings bonds, etc.) into a gift to VCU that provides income to you. Your Charitable Gift Annuity will give you quarterly, fixed payments for life and tax benefits, too.

Donor advised funds

Grants and beneficiary designation

Recommend a grant from your donor-advised fund to make an immediate impact and designate VCU as a beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the balance of your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) to provide future support to the programs that are important to you.

Charitable IRA rollover

Charitable IRA Rollover

If you’re 70 ½ or older, you can make an immediate impact by making agift directly from your IRA to VCU. You avoid income tax on your withdrawal. In addition, your gift will count toward your required minimum distribution, if you have one.

Beneficiary gifts

Retirement and other accounts

Naming VCU as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), or IRA, will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings. VCU can also be named as the beneficiary of financial or other accounts as a simple way to accomplish a charitable goal without affecting your current income.

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.

Gifts of property

Real estate

Like stock, the fair market value of gifts of appreciated assets such as real estate, can be deducted from your income tax today and reduce your estate taxes in the future. In addition, illiquid assets such as real estate can be used to fund a charitable trust that provides income to you or others for life.

Gifts of life insurance

Beneficiary designation and paid-up policies

Name VCU 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 VCU* as the owner and beneficiary.

More ways to give

Other planned giving vehicles

There are many ways to support VCU through planned giving. A charitable trust might be a great fit for you. We can show you creative ways to use your assets to benefit VCU while at the same obtaining benefits for you and your family.

Meet our donors

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.

Let’s get in touch

Ann A. Deppman, JD
  • Ann A. Deppman, JD

    AVP of Planned Giving

  • deppmana@vcu.edu

    (804) 828-7370

    111 N. Fourth Street, Box 842039

    Richmond, VA 23284

  • For professional advisers

    If you are working with a professional adviser, or advising a donor, here's a practical guide for including VCU in a charitable estate plan.