Beneficiary Designations

Beneficiary Designations
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You can name UNH as a charitable beneficiary of your assets—such as retirement plans, life insurance policies, donor-advised funds, or bank accounts—to help change the future for generations of Wildcats to come. You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will—which makes this approach an easy way to give that does not require an attorney.

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it is also one of the more flexible options. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want or include multiple beneficiaries. A beneficiary gift to UNH is exempt from taxes, which means the total value of the gift will further the cause you care most about. A beneficiary gift to family, on the other hand, may be subject to federal income taxes.

Beneficiary Designations Can Be Made With

Retirement Plan Assets

Life Insurance

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Next Steps

  1. Contact UNH's Office of Gift Planning for additional information on beneficiary designations so we can help you direct your gift to the UNH cause that means the most to you.
  2. ​Discuss the giving options with your personal advisors to be sure the gift vehicle you choose is the right fit for you.
  3. Please let us know if you have made this gift to UNH in your estate plans, and we would be happy to recognize you in our Thompson Society, a special community of forward-thinking UNH alumni and friends who have created their legacy here. It is important to complete simple documentation with UNH to ensure we honor your wishes down the line.

Please feel free to share the sample bequest language below with your attorney:

Sample Language “I give to the University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc., at 9 Edgewood Road, Durham NH 03824, a New Hampshire nonprofit corporation, or its successor, Federal Tax Identification Number 02‐0437506, [insert here a description of the particular property]."

Please use and share the following legal information with your trusted advisors.

Legal Name: The University of New Hampshire Foundation, Inc.
Address: 9 Edgewood Road, Durham NH 03824
Tax ID: 02‐0437506

We're here to help you!

Please contact the UNH Office of Gift Planning with your questions.


Phone: (603) 862-3694

Welcome to the Thompson Society!

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During the Celebrate 150 Campaign (2012-2018), more than 200 families made planned gifts to UNH, ranging from $10,000 to millions of dollars, which have already started to have an impact on future generations. But the story of legacy goes back to the origins of UNH when Benjamin Thompson left his farm and other assets to establish what would ultimately become the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire.

The Thompson legacy has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives, and yours can, too.

As a legacy donor, you'll become a member of the Thompson Society, a distinguished group of supporters who have documented planned gifts to UNH. The UNH Office of Gift Planning will work with you to explore options that best meet your philanthropic goals and timeline--whether you wish to make an immediate impact, generate income with your gift, or make gifts through your will. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this prestigious membership of generous donors providing support to generations of Wildcats to come, and we are honored to work with you to create your UNH legacy.