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Planned Giving

Gift Planning

Making a planned gift is a wonderful way to show your support and appreciation for the University of Wyoming and its mission while accomplishing your own personal, financial, estate planning, and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may increase the size of your estate, reduce the tax burden on your heirs, and/or receive an immediate tax deduction, life income, continued use of gift property, or elimination of capital gains tax. Just as important, you will know that you have made a meaningful contribution to UW. The UW Foundation’s gift planning staff assists donors in integrating charitable gifts into their financial, tax, and estate planning objectives, maximizing benefits to both donors and the University of Wyoming.

Gift Planning Maximizes Benefits for Everyone

Donors can support UW with gifts made through wills, trusts, and other estate planning tools such as charitable gift annuities and retirement plan beneficiary designations. Gift Planning makes the process straightforward and helps you make informed decisions tailored to your needs. You can provide for your family while also making a big difference in the lives of others, as including UW in your estate plans will ensure that generations to come have the same opportunities that you have benefited from.

What You Can Do with Your Estate

Martin Drury

UW alum Mort Drury was a member of the remarkable UW Cowboy Baseball team that went to the College World Series in 1956, many of whom had already played for three consecutive Skyline Conference titles. At that time, the College World Series was more exclusive, with only eight teams qualifying. The Cowboys went to Omaha with a roster of 16 players, nine less than the other seven teams on the field, and they lost to the eventual champion, Minnesota, 4-2. Mort passed away in 2021 in Wisconsin. His wife Nancy and family created the Mort Drury Scholarship in his memory to provide support to UW student-athletes with financial need.

Wayne Montgomery

Wayne Montgomery retired as a professor of human services at Central Wyoming College where he shared his real-world experiences in his courses. He was a mental health and addictions counselor at a community health center for 18 years and a counselor at a half-way house for two years. He recognizes the importance of the next generation of mental health counselors to the state and has remembered UW in his will. His estate will establish a scholarship for students enrolled in the master’s degree program in counseling at the University of Wyoming.

Richard Titus

Dick Titus has given to UW every year for 45 years, supporting scholarships, the Cowboy Joe Club, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Now, with his estate he will establish the Richard Titus Engineering Scholarship and support the Cowboy Joe Club—two things he’s passionate about. From Cheyenne, he is a 1963 alum of the College of Engineering and Applied Science Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He worked for Boeing, on the Apollo space program, and then for Intergraph Corporation (formerly M&S Computing). He is now retired. Dick and his wife Brenda live in Huntsville, Alabama, and they have two daughters and six grandchildren. Dick is a runner who has run in 33 consecutive Cotton Row 10Ks—he even ran the course this past year when the race was canceled due to the pandemic.  


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Brett Befus

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