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A planned gift is an investment in the future of UAB and the community we serve. Generous, forward-thinking donors have made planned gifts to programs ranging from scholarships to endowed chairs to research and more—all because of how UAB has touched their lives.

Winning Move

Rick GuilbeauRick Guilbeau didn't attend UAB, but that doesn't stop him from being a huge fan in the stands. His legacy gift to the athletics program is a testament to his unending support. More

Full Circle

Jeanne WelchSocial work alumna Jeanne Welch gives back to the program that educated and inspired her. More

Family Ties

Dr. Peyton R. Bryars IIIThere is a growing shortage of primary care physicians in the United States. Dr. Peyton R. Bryars III hopes his gift will inspire more students to pursue a primary care career. At the same time, his gift honors his parents' commitment to providing him with a quality education. More

Committed to Discovery

Deborah and Clarence PounceyDeborah and Clarence Pouncey support localized cancer research after Deborah battled breast cancer. She says her treatment at UAB made remission possible. More

Leaving a Legacy in Health Services Administration

Carol and Myron FottlerMyron and Carol Fottler provided a gift to UAB in their estate plan. The fund will help support doctoral students with tuition and other fees. More

Creating a Legacy Out of a Lifelong Love of Music

Bill and Joan EdmondsMusic and the arts always played a central role in the lives of Bill and Joan Edmonds. More

One Family's Legacy of Giving Back

Don and Marsha HireBolstered by the example set by his parents, a doctor and his family continue a longstanding tradition of looking out for others. More

Supporting Athletics, Building Birmingham

Don and Marsha HireDon and Marsha Hire aren’t UAB alumni, or Birmingham natives. But the connections they developed through Gene Bartow, along with their generosity, have helped the UAB athletics program—and the Magic City—grow. More

Alumna's Life Comes Full Circle

MeddersAsk School of Medicine 1963 alumna Betty W. Vaughan, M.D., to describe attending medical school in the 1960s, and one word comes to her mind: Fun.   More

Giving From the Heart

MeddersThe day Josh Hirsch was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1980, his parents Terry and Elissa Hirsch were confronted by a series of percentages.   More

'One Day' Is Now: Donor Funds Scholarship Now, With Planned Gift Still to Come

MeddersIn 2000, Carol Medders made a gift through her estate plan so that students from the UAB School of Health Professions would benefit one day.   More

A Gift That Keeps on Giving: Walter and D’Anne McCoy

The McCoysWhen D’Anne McCoy talks about her beloved late husband, Dr. Walter Clayton McCoy, you can feel the passion he had for practicing medicine and caring for patients.  More

Father's Gift Honors Daughters in Nursing

Dr. Barbara A. GowerBill Howton had a nearly lifelong attachment to UAB. It was the place he earned his Bachelor of Arts in history in 1976. It was where he and his beloved wife, Gloria Goldstein Howton, attended concerts and lectures.  More »

Faculty Member Gives Back

Dr. Barbara A. GowerA nationally renowned nutrition researcher, Dr. Barbara A. Gower understands the powerful impact that giving back has on the future.  More »

Wife Honors Late Husband With Gift to Cancer Center

Lark and Steve BoothWhen Lark A. Booth thought about her legacy, she had two clear goals: to honor her late husband, Steve Booth, and to help others.  More »

Former Faculty Member Gives Back in Gratitude

Joanne T. DouglasEach day, Joanne T. Douglas, Ph.D. has to think carefully about what she wants to say during her day.  More »

Dedicated to Funding Research

UAB ResearchThe Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is making a donation of $500,000 this year to UAB for cancer research.  More »

Supporting the Arts

Visual ArtsThanks in part to the generous support of donors and local art enthusiasts, the impressive 26,000-square-foot Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts opened its doors...  More »

Improve the Health of Our Community: Give to UAB

Critical Care UnitUAB is home to Alabama's largest hospital and one of the largest academic medical centers in the nation, treating more than one million patients annually.  More »

Making a Lasting Impression

Claire H. FairleyClaire H. Fairley has seen performing artists all around the world. So when the idea of building a performing arts center at UAB was discussed nearly 20 years ago, she knew she wanted to help.  More »


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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 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 the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a nonprofit corporation currently located at
1720 2nd Avenue South
AB 1270
Birmingham, AL 35294-0112, 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 UAB 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 UAB 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 UAB 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 UAB where you agree to make a gift to UAB 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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