Gift Planning

Nearly 50 years ago, the Robins family made a historic gift that forever changed Richmond’s trajectory. Robins’ landmark $50 million investment in Richmond’s future came with a critically important charge: The University would receive this gift only if it helps inspire others to give. Today, that message has never been clearer: The strongest path for the University’s future is the one we walk together.

When you include a gift to Richmond as part of your legacy, you join generations of Spiders in ensuring that the University and its mission will endure for generations to come.

Charter Associates

University of Richmond’s Legacy Society

The University of Richmond recognizes those who have helped secure its future by making gifts through their wills and other deferred gifts. The University welcomes these alumni, faculty, staff, and friends as members of Charter Associates, and we acknowledge and celebrate members annually as valued supporters.

If you have already included Richmond in your estate plans, we would be honored to include you as a member. Please contact the Office of Gift Planning to inform us of your intentions.

Generosity That Endures

Many of us share the desire to leave a lasting legacy. We want to be remembered for the positive impact we’ve made on those around us and the causes and institutions that are most meaningful to us. But what does it take to make an impact that endures beyond our lifetime? Luckily, anyone can make a difference through thoughtful, deliberate choices about how assets will be ultimately distributed—choices designed to reflect your values and leave a positive impact on the world.

If you would like to help ensure that we can continue our important mission well into the future, there are several easy ways to begin to shape your legacy through intentional planned gifts:

  • A gift in your will or living trust is an easy way to make a significant impact on our work without impacting your current finances. You can designate a specific amount or specific property, a percentage of your estate, or what is left of your estate after all other obligations are met. You can even change your gift if your circumstances change.
  • A beneficiary designation on a life insurance policy, IRA, retirement account, bank account, or other financial account is a simple way to give. You can name us the primary beneficiary, a percentage beneficiary (along with other named beneficiaries), or even a contingent beneficiary (to receive funds only if the primary beneficiary cannot).
  • A donor-advised fund allows you to make an irrevocable contribution to a managed account, qualify for a charitable income tax deduction now, and then later recommend grants to qualifying charities like ours. If you wish, you can also name us the successor to the DAF so that we would receive all or part of any funds remaining in the account at the time of your death.

Thank you for considering ways to make a significant and enduring impact on our organization and those we serve. Please reach out if you are interested in exploring these charitable giving options further. We are happy to assist you and your advisors in determining a planned giving strategy that aligns with your values and goals.