Gift Planning

We are prepared to help you plan your gift using charitable giving strategies that will fulfill your philanthropic goals to impact future generations of Kettering students. Kettering University is equipped to receive and steward planned gifts such as bequests through your Will or Trust, IRA charitable remainder distributions, donor advised funds (DAFs), charitable gift annuities, donation of stocks and appreciated securities, real estate, charitable remainder trusts as well as charitable lead trusts.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Gift Planning at or (800) 955-4464 ext. 9746.

Leaving a legacy with a gift using current assets

Donors can also use current assets described here to leave their mark on Kettering University.  Gifting from these types of assets offer donors the opportunity to see the immediate impact of their gift. More and more frequently, Kettering donors are using a combination of a gift from a current asset and a gift in their Will or Trust to make a difference in the lives of Kettering students.

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Making a Charitable Remainder Distribution (CRD) from one’s IRA to Kettering University remains a popular giving option for alumni and friends.  With so many tax changes in the past few years, however, we want to confirm the current tax law for 2021. 

  • Individuals who are 72 years old are required to take a distribution from their IRAs, 401(k)s, 403 (b)s and most other defined contribution plans maintained by an employer for individuals. (SECURE ACT of 2019).  In 2020 this requirement was waived, but it is not waived for 2021.
  • Individuals who are 70 ½ and older are eligible to take a distribution from their IRA to Kettering University.  (Secure Act of 2019)
  • You can transfer up to $100,000 annually as a Charitable Remainder Distribution from an IRA to Kettering.  NOTE: So can your spouse!
  • Because your CRD is pre-taxed income, you will not receive a charitable deduction for tax purposes, however you may see your adjusted gross income (AGI) reduced because of the transfer. 
  • Kettering University will recognize you for the value of the CRD.

Giving from one’s IRA is easy, but we strongly encourage donors to allow 6-8 weeks for the transfer to the University.

To start the process, please notify your IRA custodian to make a direct transfer of the distribution amount to Kettering University.  For long term planners, consider naming Kettering University as a direct beneficiary of your IRA. 

Appreciated securities

Receive one of the IRS’s most significant tax benefits for gifts of appreciated securities.  You will avoid long-term capital gains tax.

Retirement Plans

Donate your remaining retirement plan assets directly to the University by making Kettering University a direct beneficiary of your 401k, 403b or other account or to a Charitable Remainder Trust.  A gift through a Charitable Remainder Trust maximizes your heirs’ inheritance while benefitting Kettering.

Life Insurance

Transfer ownership of a life insurance policy with a cash value of $10,000 or more, and Kettering University will immediately benefit from your generosity.  Make a large future gift with little cost and receive current (and possibly future) income tax deductions by transferring ownership of your policy to Kettering.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF)

Recommend a current gift to Kettering from your Donor Advised Fund. Create a legacy by naming Kettering as a beneficiary when the DAF is dissolved.

Real Estate and/or Personal Property

Current or future gifts of residential, commercial, farm or undeveloped real estate, books, artwork or equipment will provide the donor with a charitable deduction based on the appraised value of the item(s).

Business Interests

Give Kettering an interest in a closely held or family business.

Partnership Interests

Transfer an interest in a Family Limited Partnership (FLP) or Limited Liability Company (LLC). Please contact your attorney for more information. 

Planned Giving Contact Information

For more information about making your gift to Kettering University, please contact the Office of Planned and Major Giving. 

(800) 955-4464, ext. 9746 or

F. Ward Crafts '67: The Many Ways of Giving Back

Grateful for his GMI degree, Ward is paying that gratitude back to the University with his financial support via several different methods.  

Each year, Ward gives to the General Motors Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund that supports upper class students who need additional funds to continue their Kettering education.  

Ward is also a member of the Heritage Circle after naming Kettering as a beneficiary of his IRA.  The Heritage Circle is a Kettering University Donor Recognition Society, which honors alumni, and friends who have arranged future gifts to the University through a will, trust or other estate planning tools.  

And most recently, Ward established the F. Ward ’67 and M. Anita Schuler-Crafts Scholarship to support American Indian students after recognizing that American Indians are one of the most underrepresented groups in STEM education. 

Ward values his education and is grateful for the co-op education he received.  He is modest in his success, crediting a number of people who were instrumental in influencing his career.  

To learn more about creating a scholarship at Kettering University, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (800) 955-4464, ext. 9746 or

Leaving a Legacy with a gift from your Will or Trust

Leaving a bequest in a Will or Trust to Kettering University can shape your legacy by helping provide a Kettering education to future generations of students. We invite you to join other alumni in Kettering University’s Heritage Society, a donor society recognizing alumni and friends who make a planned gift to the University.


Different Types of a Bequest

Fixed Amount

A fixed amount involves a gift of a specific asset such as real estate, a car, other property or a gift for a specific dollar amount.  For example, you may consider leaving a set amount (i.e., $50,000) to Kettering University or you may leave your home, other real estate, or other tangible asset to Kettering University.  (NOTE: Kettering University’s policy is to sell properties upon receipt, with the proceeds given to the University.)

Percentage Bequest 

Rather than leaving a fixed amount/asset, you may decide to give a specific percentage of your estate to the University.  This can be in the form of leaving a percentage of your estate valued at the time of your death or a percentage of your residual estate (after other specific bequests have been honored). For example, you may wish to leave 10% of your overall estate to Kettering University that, at the time of your gift, is valued at $100,000.

Contingent Bequest

By listing Kettering University as a contingent beneficiary, your gift will go to the University after a certain event occurs – i.e., the death of a spouse.      

What is a Bequest?   

A bequest is a gift in your Will or Trust to Kettering University, and it is exempt from federal estate taxes.  You can designate it to the Kettering Gift Fund (a discretionary fund available for the University to move forward with unanticipated opportunities) or a specific purpose such as student scholarship, research or faculty support.

How can we help?

You can leave your legacy at Kettering University by making a bequest through a Will or a Trust or through current assets or both!  Whatever option works best for you and family, please let us know.  We would be happy to work with you, your attorney, and/or financial planner to help you identify ways to give and meet your philanthropic objectives.