Meet Our Donors

Encouraging the Stars

Leverne Seversike

In the classroom and through scholarship support, Leverne Seversike has been igniting students' passions and careers for more than 30 years. More

Lyon Hall and a Legacy

Gretchen Backlund

Gretchen Backlund didn’t start attending Iowa State the way most students did in the 1940s. Gretchen was a transfer student. More

Memory of Soldier Sparks Giving

Donald Sparks

"I want future generations to walk through the Gold Star Hall and think of him. If they see his name on the wall and they have the scholarship in his name, his legacy will live on," said Cathie Betts Fowler. More

Chemistry, Charity and the Best Choice

Dr. Diana Nevins

Dr. Diana Nevins admits enrolling at Iowa State University was not her first choice. Decades later, she credits the University for an outstanding education and is ensuring future scientists receive one as well. More

A Short Love Story

Gary and Harriet Short

Gary and Harriet Short found true love at Iowa State — for each other and their professions. Now the couple is enabling promising students to pursue what they love with support from the Gary F. Short and Harriet Mason Short Scholarship. More

The Simple Equation of Giving

Cara Heiden

Cara Heiden excelled at math as a young student growing up in Denison, Iowa, but her choice to study accounting at Iowa State University was not a calculated move. More

Passing It Forward

Anne Shaner

Anne Shaner knows a thing or two about baking cherry pies (several thousand of them, in fact). Now Shaner is enjoying a new kind of sweetness: giving to Iowa State students. More

For the Love of Discovery

John L. Cleasby

One lesson John (Jack) L. Cleasby learned in his years of teaching is that given enough support, graduate students can be one of the most valuable resources for innovation in a field. More

Allen Housh

Allen Housh

Allen Housh was prepared to spend his life as a high school agricultural vocational teacher. It was natural for him to prepare for a career in agriculture. The Garner, Iowa, native had been around the livestock business his entire life, and he went to Iowa State specifically to major in agricultural education. More

True Spirit: Supporting Cyclones Today and Tomorrow

Jim Victor

Like many Iowa State alumni, Jim Victor has no shortage of Cyclone pride. "My experience at Iowa State truly changed my world — it enlightened me, it inspired me and it empowered me," he said. More

Rich and Carm Greenlee

Rich and Carm Greenlee

Like many couples who met at Iowa State, Rich and Carm Greenlee have great memories of their college days. They shared a group of close-knit friends, and are still in touch with many of them. More

Ron and Marla Franklin

Ron and Marla Franklin

A backyard conversation with their neighbor and attorney was all it took for Des Moines-area residents Ron and Marla Franklin to finally sit down and work on their estate plans. More

A Legacy in Action

Cornwell family

At least once each year, LeRoy Cornwell, a farmer from Ankeny, Iowa, visits Iowa State University to talk with scholarship recipients, not unlike a typical scholarship donor. Except he wasn't the one who funded the scholarship. More

Legacy Extended

James N. Warner

"My only memories of Iowa State University are from when I lived near campus as a child," said Sue Birkinshaw. "Our family lived in Pammel Court at the time. I remember taking art classes near the university and walking around campus. It was a good year." More

Growing With Giving

Gene and Beth Chappell

Like any good Iowa farm boy, Gene Chappell grew up with values such as lending a helping hand and working to better the community. More

The Driving Force of Education

Gene and Beth Chappell

Education has always been at the forefront of what drives Gerry Montgomery. Always willing to tackle the next challenge, he believes in equipping others to do the same. More

A Campus Legend Helps the Next Generation

Robert Parks

My favorite memory of Iowa State is when Robert Parks, the university president, invited me to his office to offer me the director of residence position," said Chuck Frederiksen. "He asked me, 'Are you up for it? You're pretty young — can you hang in there?' And I responded, 'You better believe it!'" More

Transforming Ideas Into Opportunities

Richard and Sharon Rodine

You can never underestimate where sharing an idea might lead," said Sharon Rodine. Working in Washington, D.C., to recruit and train women for public office, it was after traveling to an event in Tennessee that she fully realized the impact of Carrie Chapman Catt, another Iowa State alumna. More

A Student Changed Forever

James Gibson

It's a strong pull that can incite a cross-country move — especially if you're trading in the California sun for the harsher climate of Ames, Iowa. More

“I thought about what meant the most to me – outside of my family – and it was obvious that I would give to Iowa State. So I called the office of gift planning and they helped me plan the best course of action.”

- Margaret "Margi" Donaldson

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Iowa State University 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

"I give to Iowa State University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Ames, Iowa, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Iowa State 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 Iowa State 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 Iowa State 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 Iowa State where you agree to make a gift to Iowa State 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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