For many friends and alumni of Rutgers, the easiest way to make a gift to the university is in the form of a bequest. A bequest gift, which is designated in a will or other estate planning document, is often the largest donation an individual can make to an institution like Rutgers. It is by far the most commonly used type of planned gift arrangement.

Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on. You can create your own legacy by leaving a specific asset, a specific amount, or a percentage of the remainder of your estate, after taking care of any family obligations. The lasting impact of bequests—both large and small—has played a very large role in helping to shape Rutgers today.

If you have already designated Rutgers as a beneficiary of your estate, please let us know so that we can welcome you as a member of the Colonel Henry Rutgers Society.


Photo: Retired Professor Charles Russell, whose bequest of nearly a quarter of a million dollars to Rutgers-Newark will be felt for generations.