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What is Planned Giving?

Simply put, it's a way to support those things that you believe in. For many people, the University of Wyoming is one of those things.

More specifically, planned giving is supporting UW with a gift through your will or trust or another estate planning tool—charitable gift annuity or retained life estate, for example.

Reasons you might want to leave a gift to UW is to support something you believe in, to avoid taxes, to provide retirement income for yourself or a loved one, or to pass along your success to future generations.


Getting Started

Here are some ways to approach your estate planning:

A Charitable Giving Checklist

Financial Tips at Year's End

Gifts That Pay You Income

Research by Your Financial and Philanthropic Goals

Research by Assets You Can Give

Research by Tools that Help You Leave a Legacy

More Information on the IRA Charitable Rollover

Will's Kit to Help You Plan Your Estate (pdf)

Creating a Notification of Legacy Gift

Suggested Bequest Language


Donor Stories

Here are some amazing stories of our generous donors and the impact they're having on our students, our university, and the world. Estate donors join a select group, the University of Wyoming Legacy Society.


Still Not Sure?

Here are some reasons to consider UW in your estate plans.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Clayton Melinkovich, Director of Planned Giving, at or (307) 766-4259. Our services are free of charge, and we will work with you and your financial advisor to direct gifts where you want them and achieve the best plan for you. You can also click on the Gift Illustrator  button below to explore your options and plan your gift.


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Join philanthropist Trent Kaufman as he discusses the Mary Claire Kaufman Endowment, created in honor of his mother, to support students who have a deceased or disabled parent.


Contact For More Information

Clayton MelinkovichClayton Melinkovich, Director of Planned Giving
(307) 766-4259

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