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Hear from Union Theological Seminary supporters about how their planned gifts met their philanthropic and family goals.

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Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
- 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NRSV)

We at Union Theological Seminary take this biblical requirement seriously. And it is upon this cornerstone of trust that Union is asking our alumni/ae and friends for their help—and their vision.

Hundreds upon hundreds of Union alumni/ae are reaching stations in life where notions of legacy-building are no longer far away thoughts. For some, this means making a tangible commitment to mentoring their children and grandchildren to pass down family values, wisdom, and traditions. For others, this means writing a memoir, volunteering, becoming an advocate, or teaching part-time in a field of expertise. Yet for everyone—in an ideal world—this means wisely preparing an intentional plan to transfer material possessions from one generation to the next.

And it is on this latter point where your vision for Union’s future becomes critical.

Did you know that you can establish plans at Union now for an endowed scholarship, program, or professorship to be funded later through your will, estate, retirement plan, or life insurance policy? Or did you know that Union welcomes your innovative ideas now to strengthen our faculty, facilities, and students—to be memorialized and celebrated now—but implemented later? Or did you know that current income for you and charitable giving to Union aren’t necessarily divergent strategies? In fact, a number of individuals and families are surprised to learn that several income-producing opportunities exist that provide both current income and tax relief to you now and a charitable gift to Union later.

Please know that no gift you give is too small when every dollar is precious. The biblical story about the widow’s two mites that were valued more than all the rest immediately comes to mind (Mark 12:41; Luke 21:1). Thank you, sincerely, for visiting these webpages to learn about the many ways to give to Union. And then, please, reach out to us to share your vision for Union’s future. We’d be honored to guide you through the gift planning process and to be a beneficiary of your help—and to faithfully steward a portion of your legacy.

For questions or to relay your expectations about how your future gift is to be administered, please contact DenaSue Potestio, Special Assistant for Development, at 212-280-1453.

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