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The Stilgebouer Legacy Society exists to honor and recognize William Jessup University's donors who have generously made a charitable deferred gift to Jessup.


Continuing a Strong Tradition of Charitable Support

Legacy Giving donors provide essential support that enables Jessup to remain the premier Christ-centered university in Northern California. Over the years, William Jessup University has received numerous legacy gifts from loyal supporters of WJU.The Stilgebouer Legacy Society was established in 2018 to recognize and honor these legacy minded individuals who have made a charitable deferred gift to William Jessup University.

Giving Options

Giving options include gifts in wills or living trusts or life Income plans such as gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. They may also include beneficiary designation of Retirement plans, brokerage accounts, and life insurance policies. Some outright techniques such as gifts of real estate also make donors eligible for membership in The Stilgebouer Legacy Society. These giving vehicles offer Jessup supporters creative and flexible strategies to pursue charitable and financial goals while supporting the mission and vision at Jessup.

Recognizing a Legacy Minded Supporter

The society is named after Larry Stilgebouer, who has given generously and faithfully to Jessup for over 40 years. Larry observed the significant changes that took place as Jessup went from its modest roots as San Jose Bible college to a fast growing Liberal Arts University that continues to keep Christ as its central focus. Because of this, Larry chose to give beyond his regular faithful giving and designated a charitable deferred gift through his estate in order to leave a Christ-centered legacy through his legacy Giving.

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Becoming a Member

If you are interested in learning how a legacy gift can help establish your legacy at Jessup, please contact Ed Jones, Director of Strategic Giving. Our team of experts will be happy to speak with you. If you have already provided for the university in a legacy gift but have not yet informed us, please complete the following form. Jessup appreciates receiving information from members of the Stilgebouer Legacy Society regarding the specific purpose of any legacy gift. This allows us to review your gift languageto ensure that your donor intent can be implemented by Jessup correctly.

The most common donations are outright gifts of cash. But many times, people want to hold on to their resources and assets for now, just to be sure they can meet their family’s future financial needs. Many are delighted to learn that WJU has excellent alternatives that allow individuals, like you, to make a planned gift with WJU.

Bequest in Will
Your Goal: Defer a WJU gift until after your lifetime.

Revocable Living Trust
Your Goal: Make a revocable WJU gift during your lifetime.

Outright Gifts of Securities
Your Goal: Avoid tax on capital gains by making a WJU gift.

Gift of Life Insurance
Your Goal: Make a large gift to WJU with little cost to yourself.

Gift of Retirement Assets
Your Goal: Avoid the twofold taxation on IRAs or other employee benefit plans with a WJU gift.

Gift of Real Estate
Your Goal: Make a gift of an asset no longer needed to WJU, and generate an income tax deduction.

Gift of Retained Life State
Your Goal: Give your personal residence, vacation home or farm to WJU now, but continue to live there.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust
Your Goal: Create a hedge against inflation over the long term and supplement your retirement income.

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
Your Goal: Secure a fixed income and supplement your retirement funds.

Charitable Gift Annuity
Your Goal: Supplement income with steady (safe, confident) payments that are partially tax-free.

Charitable Lead Trust
Your Goal: Reduce gift and estate taxes on assets you pass to children or grandchildren.

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