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Planned Giving

A planned gift is a very thoughtful way to support scholarships and programming at Ferris State University. There are many different ways to leave a legacy that will have an impact on both current and future students. At the same time, a planned gift may provide significant tax advantages to you and your heirs.


Bequests and Estate Plan Gifts

A bequest is a gift of cash, securities or other property from your estate. Providing for Ferris in your estate planning gives you the opportunity to leave a legacy, while allowing you to retain control of your assets during your lifetime. Estate gifts to Ferris are exempt from federal estate taxes.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity (CGA) is a contract between you and Ferris that provides a steady retirement income and also offers favorable tax benefits.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

A charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) is established by irrevocably transferring assets to a trustee, who invests the assets and pays a variable income to you and/or your beneficiaries. At the end of the CRUT term, the trustee distributes the remainder of the assets to Ferris.

Life Insurance

You may make Ferris the owner and beneficiary of a new or existing paid-up life insurance policy. The advantages of this type of gift is the ability to provide a significant gift with a modest investment.

Please contact the Associate Vice President for Advancement at 231-591-2850 to discuss your planned giving options.