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Putting Your Money Where Your Heart Lies

Dr. Susan and Paul Harrison support UW-Eau Claire so that those struggling financially can still receive a top-notch education.

Dr. Susan Harrison dedicated 30 years of her life to UW-Eau Claire. As an educator and adviser she served in the departments of computer science and mathematics, and surely had an immeasurable impact on students and curriculum. But it has been through her leadership role with University Senate that she was able to extend her influence to students from all disciplines, and faculty, too.

The success of students and advancement of the university's ability to offer an exceptional educational experience has been her passion, and she retired recently among accolades for a job well done. She recently received the Honorary Alumnus Award from the Alumni Association in part for having served 15 years as chair of the University Senate-the longest tenure in UW-Eau Claire's history.

This legacy will not only live on because she was an inspiration to others taking on the mantle of leadership, but because she and her husband, Paul, have included a bequest to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in their will.

"We want to be able to set up and establish this gift to ensure something will be there for the future," Susan Harrison said. "The idea behind our donation is to help people who are struggling by providing them with an equal opportunity to get an education because it is so important."

Harrison has been teaching for 37 years, beginning as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher. It was her idea to create the CARE Center at UW-Eau Claire, a center where "Confidence in Algebra can be Revived and Energized." Even after retirement she is tutoring a returning adult student in math.

"I have spent half of my life here as part of this community. I have seen so many needs here. With state funds decreasing each year, it's important for individuals to step up and help enhance students' lives through quality education," she said.

"I have been so blessed to be part of this community and now I am an official Blugold. I want to give back to this university."

To learn more about the many ways you can give back to UW-Eau Claire, please contact John DeLestry at 715-836-3819 or

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation 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

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 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation 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 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation 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 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation 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 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation where you agree to make a gift to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation 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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