Office of Gift Planning

Create Your UNH Legacy Here








Planned Gifts to Support UNH Students for Generations to Come

Would you like to give to others in a lasting way? Interested in increasing your income? Are you finally getting around to writing your will? Interesting enough, you can fulfill your financial and philanthropic goals by including UNH in your estate planning. There are many factors to consider when choosing how to make your future gift. No matter what you decide, you can direct your philanthropy to the UNH areas that mean the most to you, and our team is here to guide you, get to know your UNH story, and celebrate you.

Explore UNH's deferred giving opportunities and find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family while supporting Wildcats for generations to come! We look forward to helping you translate your UNH story into a lasting legacy. Choose below the method of looking at the possibilities that works best for you.



Giving Amount

Choose your giving vehicle according to the amount you wish to give.


Choose your method of giving based on the assets you own.


Choose a method of giving that best suits your current age.

The Many Ways of Gifting to UNH

The most common way for people to make gifts to UNH is by going to and choosing an area of interest and entering a credit card or by sending  a check to the UNH Foundation specifying your designation. However, though we certainly appreciate these gifts, there are more strategy ways to handle your philanthropy. Read on! If sending a check, mail to the UNH Foundation, Inc., 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, NH 03824, Tax ID #02‐0437506.

If you're 70.5 or over, you can give any amount (up to a maximum of $100,000) per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as UNH without having to pay income taxes on the money. Read more HERE!

Your gift of stock (publicly or privately held) could go way farther than cash. If you have owned the shares for longer than one year, and if they have increased in value, you may avoid tax on the capital gains. Here's more information. 

This flexible gift option can be revised at any time, and can be simply an estimate of what you think will come from your estate—allowing you to also take care of your family.  Read more!

A donor-advised fund (DAF), which is like a charitable savings account, gives you the flexibility to recommend how much and how often money is granted to UNH and other qualified charities. You can recommend a grant or recurring grants now to make an immediate impact or use your fund as a tool for future charitable gifts.

When you gift appreciated property (having a fair market value greater than its original purchase) you have held longer than one year, you may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction. This eliminates capital gains tax. And, even better, you no longer have to deal with that property's maintenance costs, property taxes or insurance. Read about the many benefits here!

Valuable antiques, stamp and coin collections, works of art, cars, boats, and other personal property can be used to support UNH. Read more about these types of gifts!

A flexible way to give is to name UNH as a charitable beneficiary of your assets—such as retirement plans, life insurance policies, donor-advised funds, or bank accounts. Read how a simple form filed with your account custodian will make this happen!

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) allows you to support UNH while receiving fixed income payments for life. Click HERE for more information. Contact us so we can draw up a personalized gift annuity illustration to meet your needs. 

A Charitable Remainder Trust is designed to provide a stream of income for family members for the term of the trust. At the end of the term before the remaining assets are transferred to one or more charitable organization beneficiaries.

A Charitable Lead Trust is considered the "reverse" of a charitable lead trust. It's an irrevocable trust designed to provide financial support to one or more charities for a period of time, with the remaining assets eventually going to family members or other beneficiaries. After the end of the trust term, the remainder of the trust is distributed to non-charitable beneficiaries—such as family members.

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!

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.