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Giving Opportunities

Building the Legacy...for emerging generations

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society was created to recognize and thank the individuals who have invested in Elizabeth City State University's future through a planned gift. Legacy Society members are vital partners whose generosity sustains a legacy of giving that directly impacts ECSU's ability to provide our students, faculty and staff with the opportunities and resources necessary to make positive impacts in our region, across North Carolina and around the world.

Legacy Society membership is offered to individuals who make a deferred gift commitment in support of ECSU. There is no minimum gift amount; however, written documentation of the gift is needed before membership is offered.

Discover Your Options

Our staff can help identify the best type of planned gift for you based on your financial needs and specific concerns.

Throughout the planning process, we will help you answer these complicated, but critically important, questions:

What is Planned Giving?

  • Is it important for me to have an Estate Plan?
  • When should I set up my Estate Plan?
  • Who should I involve in setting up my Estate Plan?
  • How will new tax laws affect my Estate Plan?
  • When and how often should I review my Estate Plan?
  • How can I benefit my heirs as well as ECSU?
  • How can I use my Will to change the future?
  • What is the correct way to change the beneficiaries in my Will to living trust?

Gifts by Will
Through various types of bequests for ECSU, you may secure a charitable estate tax deduction for the value of the gift and know that your generosity will support the university for years to come.

Gifts by Insurance Policy
A whole life insurance policy is a very popular planned giving vehicle. By paying the premiums and naming ECSU as the beneficiary, your gift can start an endowment to fund scholarships, professorships, or a myriad of other options that will support ECSU in perpetuity when the policy matures.

Gifts by Retirement Plan Benifits
Consider using retirement-plan benefits to make a significant gift to ECSU. Due to estate and income-tax treatment of these benefits, the cost of your gift to your estate and heirs is often relatively small. These are exempt from income tax and may allow you to leave more for another beneficiary.

Gifts That Pay Income
Do you want to support ECSU, but worry about having enough income for yourself and loved ones? Life-income gifts such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts can provide donors with an income stream and significant tax savings while still supporting ECSU with vital, long-term resources.

The Charitable Lead Trust
With careful planning, you may be able to accomplish more than one objective through charitable planned giving. For example, if you have appreciating assets, children who may start a business in the future, and a desire to assist ECSU, a charitable lead trust may be a good choice for you.

Gifts by Estate Note
An Estate Note is an irrevocable pledge or debt against a donor's estate. ECSU recommends this option for persons 65
years of age or older.

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For more information, please contact us today:

Elizabeth City State University
Office of Institutional Advancement
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909
(252) 335-3052