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Each year, the University receives bequests that help Notre Dame meet its current funding needs, establish new programs and strengthen existing ones, and supplement financial aid.

For many alumni, parents, and friends, a bequest is the simplest and best way to create a meaningful - and influential - legacy at Notre Dame. The bequest allows you to retain control of your assets during your lifetime while also making a significant gift to the University.

Enjoy Attractive Benefits

  1. Make a gift of any amount while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime.
  2. Bequests can be modified at any point in time.
  3. An outright gift from your estate is entirely free from federal estate taxes, permitting Notre Dame to utilize the full amount of your gift. Bequests made to individuals, in contrast, may be heavily taxed.
  4. Enjoy the satisfaction of creating a legacy and having a lasting impact on the world's premier Catholic university.

Making a Bequest is Simple

With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Notre Dame as part of your estate plan. There are many creative ways to structure your estate plan that may allow you to make a gift to Notre Dame while taking care of your loved ones.

What Are My Options?

A bequest to Notre Dame can be made in several ways:
  1. You can make a gift of cash, securities, real estate or other property.
  2. You can make a gift of a specific dollar amount or asset.
  3. You can make a gift of a percentage of your estate.
  4. You can make a gift from the balance or residue of your estate.
  5. You can designate Notre Dame as a beneficiary of your IRA, retirement account, and insurance policy.

Your bequest will also qualify you to become a member of the Stephen Theodore Badin Guild, a giving society established to honor all those who make Notre Dame a part of their personal legacy by creating a planned gift. Contact us to learn more about becoming a member of the Badin Guild and Badin Guild member experiences.

How can I learn more?

How Do I Get Started?