The Easiest Way to Make an Impact

A Gift in Your Will or Living Trust

Interested in helping the University of Denver with our mission but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing another check or giving up your assets today? A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest

By including a bequest to the University in your will or living trust, you are ensuring that we can continue our mission for years to come.

Meet Cynthia Shaw Simonoff

Cynthia Shaw Simonoff Pianist Cynthia Shaw Simonoff (BM '77) credits the University of Denver for introducing her to cosmopolitan students and nurturing her education in a small music department, which helped her adjust to life in complicated and sometimes overwhelming New York City after graduation.

But before she even stepped foot on campus, DU made her education possible by providing scholarships.

"I could not have afforded DU without this financial aid," she says.

When Cynthia and her husband put together their wills, they included various family members and charities, one of which is DU.

"I thought of DU and the scholarships I had received there as a student," Cynthia says. So she and her husband included a bequest that will fund a music scholarship.

"It is so wonderful to know that I am able to give students who are like me, talented, but not able to afford private-school tuition, the ability to afford going to a top-notch college."

Cynthia says she never imagined that she would be in a position to make this kind of contribution. But with the help of DU's gift planning experts, she and her husband are able to make a difference in a young person's life.

"I think it is really a miracle."

Read more of Cynthia's story.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Jon Kraus at 303.871.4619 or jon.kraus@du.edu for additional information on bequests or to chat more about the different options for including the University in your will or estate plan.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Denver (Colorado Seminary)
Address: 2199 S. University Blvd. Denver CO 80208
Federal Tax ID Number: 84-0404231

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Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.

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