Create a Lasting Tribute

Honor Someone Special With a Future Gift in Their Name

If you have a loved one who has been impacted by Iowa State University, establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor your loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday while supporting excellence in education at Iowa State. Your memorial or tribute gift will be a lasting tribute to your loved one and make a difference in the lives of our students.

Legacy Extended

Couple SmilingSue Birkinshaw remembers her parents talking about Iowa State all the time. "Their time in Ames served as a jumping-off point for the rest of their lives," she said.

James Warner, Birkinshaw's father, competed in both the 1933 and 1935 Student's National Contest in Judging Dairy Products as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska. A $600 research scholarship he received made possible a year of graduate school at Iowa State College, where he studied dairy bacteriology.

During his time as a student, Warner spotted a notice on a college bulletin board promoting a position at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute in India. Over the years, Warner brought Iowa State knowledge to the people of India.

"After my parents died, I was looking for an appropriate and lasting way to honor them," Birkinshaw said.

Remembering how Iowa State allowed her parents to impact many lives abroad, she wanted to preserve that memory by making similar experiences accessible for generations to come. Birkinshaw established the James N. and Cleone B. Warner International Agriculture Development Fund to support agriculture students who are studying abroad and are interested in the development of agriculture in foreign regions. 

Next Steps

  1. Contact the office of gift planning at 800.621.8515 or for additional information on creating a memorial gift at Iowa State.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you make a memorial gift to Iowa State through your estate, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: The Iowa State University Foundation
Address: 2505 University Boulevard, P.O. Box 2230, Ames, IA 50010-2230
Federal Tax ID Number: 42-1143702