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Beneficiary Designations

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If you want to continue supporting Oberlin even after your lifetime, an easy way to do so is by using a beneficiary designation.

You can name Oberlin as a beneficiary (or successor in interest) of assets such as

  • retirement plans — including an IRA, 401(k), or 403(b) plan
  • life insurance policies
  • donor advised funds (DAFs)
  • financial accounts

Typically, you'll only need to complete a simple form provided by the custodian of the account. And you aren't locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want.

Example: Robert and Carol are longtime Oberlin supporters. Now that their kids are grown, they've changed their estate plan so as to provide additional funds to causes that are important to them. They've updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their children. And they left Oberlin a $75,000 IRA to be transferred after they pass away. Because Oberlin is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our work.

(If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their heirs, approximately $24,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes — leaving only $51,000 for their family's use. Dividing the assets as they did makes sense from both philanthropic and tax perspectives).

*Based on a 32% percent marginal income tax bracket.

To learn more, please see our Beneficiary Designations info sheet.

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Learn How to Fund It

You can name us beneficiary of the following assets:

  1. Contact our Office of Gift Planning at (440) 775-8599 or for additional information on beneficiary designations and how they can help support Oberlin with our mission.
  2. Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary.
  3. If you name Oberlin in your plans, please use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.

Legal Name: Oberlin College
Address: 50 West Lorain Street Oberlin, OH 44074
Federal Tax ID Number: 34-0714363

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Oberlin College a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Oberlin College, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 50 West Lorain Street Oberlin, OH 44074 , or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Oberlin or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Oberlin as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Oberlin as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Oberlin where you agree to make a gift to Oberlin and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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