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2011 tax year time to think about giving to APSU

The start of a new tax year is the time to think about planned giving and the number of other ways to support Austin Peay State University financially.

Christine Booth, director of major gifts at APSU, said planned giving is becoming a preferred path for individuals who wish to remember the University in their estate plans.

“Planned giving is a big thing today,” she said.

One kind of planned giving is through gift annuities.

The start of a new tax year is the time to think about planned giving and the number of other ways to support Austin Peay State University financially.

Christine Booth, director of major gifts at APSU, said planned giving is becoming a preferred path for individuals who wish to remember the University in their estate plans.

“Planned giving is a big thing today,” she said.

One kind of planned giving is through gift annuities.

“Charitable gift annuities are a way to give and get money back. It’s more financially lucrative the older you get.”

Other ways include listing the University as the beneficiary in a life insurance policy, trust fund or will. In addition, property such as art collections or anything of value can be donated to APSU.

Specific efforts or areas of the University also can be designated in an individual’s life insurance policy or estate. In addition, financial support can be made to certain APSU groups. For instance, the APSU Foundation, Govs and Lady Govs Athletics and the General Scholarship Fund are just a few of the many ways to provide contributions to specific areas.

Another way is the annual Phonathon, March 28-April 21. Current APSU students call alumni, asking them for their support. Donors may designate where the money goes.

“These are fairly affordable giving opportunities,” Booth said. “Annual giving, giving online, supporting by buying our raffle tickets, supporting any of our societies – Acuff Circle, Govs Club. It just depends on where your interests lie, what your passion is in seeing this University grow.”

For more information about how to give to APSU, notify the Office of University, (931) 221-7127 or visit online at http://www.apsu.edu/advancement. -- Melony Shemberger