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Why We Give

1963 UT graduate Drew MohrWhy I Give: Drew Mohr '63
Drew Mohr's career in the telecommunications industry has taken him around the country, but the one constant wherever he has lived is his connection to UT. In this Q&A, Drew shares why UT is special to him and the responsibility he feels to support future UT students.  More

Nancy RabenoldWhy I Give: Nancy Rabenold
Nancy Rabenold sees great things in UT’s future. The combination of the faculty’s excitement and students’ energy has inspired the CEO of Xcira Inc., a tech company, to become more involved and help the University shape its forward trajectory. Her support ensures that UT remains a place that will nurture great ideas and dynamic people and programs for years to come. More

TinnyFrom UT to International Embassies
John Tinny has lived an exciting life, including a career as foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State. He credits him time at UT with giving him the chance to pursue his dreams, and now he's giving back as a thank you. More

Nicole Rodriguez-LamasA Love for Education
Though Nicole Rodriguez-Lamas '15 is far from her home in San Jose, Costa Rica, she doesn't miss her two sisters. But not because the three aren't close. More

Gary SimonWhy I Give: Gary Simon
When the opportunity came along for Gary Simon to transition from business ownership and management to teaching business courses at UT, he trusted his instincts and the University's reputation and decided to go for it. His willingness to try new things has taken him on a rewarding journey at UT. Now he plans to extend his impact for students with a gift in his estate plans. More

Tom SpruanceWhy I Give: Tom Spruance
When Tom Spruance's daughter, Chelsea, decided that she wanted to attend The University of Tampa more than 1,000 miles away from home, Tom was a little nervous at first. But he quickly discovered many ways to be involved at UT and connect with its mission in a meaningful way. More

John W. Syron Jr.A Great Adventure
Since graduating from UT in 1974, John W. Syron Jr. has had a prestigious career in law enforcement and credits his education in providing the foundation for his success. Earning two undergraduate degrees at the University of Tampa, John holds UT in high esteem and hopes there will be more generations of Syrons to graduate from his alma mater. More

Robbin DenhamWhy I Give: Robbins Denham '51
The University of Tampa looked a bit different when Tampa native Robbin Denham '51 was a student majoring in English. Robbin was able to attend UT as a result of the 1940s GI Bill, now he is helping current and future UT students obtain their education through planned giving. More

Mabel GalbreathWhy I Give: Mabel Galbreath '57
Growing up in Tampa, Mabel Galbreath '57 saw The University of Tampa as the logical choice for her education. That decision opened up worlds of opportunity for this first-generation college graduate. Her gratitude for the strong foundation UT provided for her successful career continues today and inspires Mabel to give back to the university and its students. More

Ernest SegundoEmphasizing Education
Cuba native Ernest Segundo came to the University of Tampa speaking very little English. By graduation, he had accomplished great things academically and became a recognized leader on campus. Ernest went on to become very successful in his career in international sales and marketing and served on several UT boards. Now retired, Ernest continues to give back to the University. More

retired U.S. Army Col. Alex PortelliWhy I Give: An Interview with Alex Portelli
In an interview with retired U.S. Army Col. Alex "Alpo" Portelli '81, we discover why he attended UT, what he was involved in, his favorite professors and place on campus, how UT prepared him for his career, what friends he made, and how he stays connected. More

Naimoli familyNaimoli Family Helps UT Build a New Place to Play!
Through a generous gift, Tampa's Naimoli family has provided a new facility for intramural lacrosse and field hockey. The Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex is just one of the several sports complexes the family has supported over the years, and it helps meet the demand for intramurals and more athletic space. What does this project mean for UT?More

Frank and Carol MorsaniRemarkable Generosity: Stadium Center Renamed in Honor of Frank and Carol Morsani
UT's Stadium Center residence hall was recently renamed following a generous donation by two of Tampa Bay's most philanthropic individuals and education advocates—Frank and Carol Morsani. More

Xavier Francis Cannella Sr.Principal Advised Kids to "Do the Right Thing"
There are those rare individuals in this world who believe serving others is more important than serving themselves—people who see the potential in others no matter what their station in life. Xavier Francis Cannella Sr. '41, who devoted decades of his life to mentoring Tampa-area youth as a teacher and principal, was one of those individuals. More

Howard EngelMaking His Own Luck
"I attended The University of Tampa and have the education and skills to teach all sports," says Howard Engel '64 to Hyman Krakower, a professor at the City University of New York, just months after graduating from UT and moving back to New York City. So started Howard's long career at CUNY Baruch College. More

Estelle DeloGift Annuity Benefits Estelle Delo and UT
Would you like to turn your life-changing experience at UT into a legacy that could impact generations of future UT students? Consider establishing a charitable gift annuity. When making their long-term financial plans, David Delo, former president of The University of Tampa, and his wife, Estelle, naturally wished to include a gift to the university. There were many options. More

Dr. Charles GouldingToday's Plans, Tomorrow's Leaders
Dr. Charles Goulding '39 accomplished many things since walking in the fourth graduating class of The University of Tampa. His spirit of accomplishment lives on at UT. In his will, Charles created two endowed scholarships that still help students today. More

Robert G. Brown, Ph.D., '81
Bob Brown uses what he learned at UT in his day-to-day work life, allowing him to be successful at his career. To show his thanks, Bob has included the University in his estate plans, so that other students can have the enriching experiences that he did. More

Evan Brauman FetterWhy I Give: Evan Brauman Fetter
Read an in-depth interview with one of UT's graduates and find out why he thinks it's important to give back. More

Bruce MeltzerWhy I Give: An Interview With Bruce Meltzer
When it came time to apply for college, Bruce Meltzer, who grew up in Long Island, longed to move to a warmer climate. Now, looking back at his experiences at The University of Tampa, he believes his success today is directly related to the quality education he received at UT. More

Mike SouthardWhy I Give: An Interview with Mike Southard
When it came time for Mike Southard to attend college, he looked at schools close to his hometown in Cleveland, but also all along the East Coast. He stopped by The University of Tampa while visiting a relative and fell in love with the campus. Now, 26 years later, UT has truly become a family affair. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The University of Tampa 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

Bequest Language

The official legal bequest language for The University of Tampa is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to The University of Tampa [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 The University of Tampa 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 The University of Tampa as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 The University of Tampa 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 The University of Tampa where you agree to make a gift to The University of Tampa 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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