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Your Gifts at Work

Learn About Our Generous Donors

Providing the Means for a Happy, Successful Life

Jim and Elin Roddey

Despite the Roddeys’ inauspicious meeting, the bond that they formed 70 years ago has been as long-lasting as the attachment they have with their alma mater. That connection prompted them to make the university part of their estate plans.

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Endowed Scholarship Brings Professor Emeritus Full Circle

C.A. and Sonja Quarles

Before he taught at TCU, Dr. C.A. Quarles attended the university with the help of a scholarship. Now other students are receiving a similar boost, thanks to a scholarship created in his honor. See how he and his wife are using their wills to grow the scholarship even further.

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Providing the Means to Change the World

Carol and Richard Hoefs

Carol and Richard Hoefs are turning their passion for education into a lasting legacy benefiting TCU students with a scholarship supported through their estate plans.

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Providing for the Next Generation of Journalists

Kathi Miller

TCU prepared Kathi Miller '67 for a long career in journalism. Now she's helping prepare the next generation in return.

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Saying 'Yes' to TCU

Phil Hartman with his wife

Dr. Phil Hartman, dean of TCU's College of Science & Engineering, has heard regularly from prospective students that TCU is their first choice, but they received better scholarships elsewhere. By endowing a scholarship of their own, Phil and his wife hope more students can pick TCU.

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Providing Horned Frogs a Strong Foundation For Success

Lindy Segall

"Lucky Lindy" (Lynn D.) Segall '74 believes he and other Horned Frogs have an obligation to give back to the University because they have benefitted greatly from those who've gone before them. Another reason? "The joy we get from watching lives unfold after graduation, knowing we made a difference." Read More

'Comrades True' Invest in TCU's Future

The Carters with their granddaughter

For Susan and James H. Carter III, "Mem'ries Sweet, Comrades True" is more than a phrase from their alma mater. TCU continues to play an active role in the lives of these Class of 1968 graduates, with Horned Frogs athletic events around the country giving the Connecticut couple opportunities to maintain lifelong friendships and rekindle old ones. Read More

Helping Horned Frogs Find Their Place in the World

Frances Reaves

Many college freshmen face a challenging transition, but when Frances Reaves '76 came to TCU to study with renowned Ballet Director Fernando Schaffenburg, it was "pure culture shock." She had been living in Singapore because of her father's oil exploration career and had chosen TCU over SMU because of Schaffenburg's reputation. Read More

Inspiring the Future With a Gift

Jane Strauss Northern

Jane Strauss Northern '72 says study abroad experiences and inspirational TCU professors prompted her to establish a gift in her will that will help the University's liberal arts professors' travel and study to enhance their scholarship and teaching. Read More

Alumnus Creates Legacy to Benefit Future Medical Students

Morgan Tyner

Retired dentist Morgan Tyner ’84 was first attracted to Texas Christian University because it had the best pre-health professions program available. The University proved to be a good fit for Morgan, a Nebraska native, challenging him academically and providing opportunities for personal growth through hospital work and his fraternity’s charitable outreach. His TCU experience taught him compassion and a different way of looking at the world. Read More

Alum Keeps Momentum Going With Gifts

Gary Roberts

For Gary Roberts ’80, the Texas Christian University campus of the late 1970s was a great place to be: late-night bull sessions about the meaning of life in the Tom Brown library; quiet, reflective times at Frog Fountain; “study” breaks at Ol’ South; and cheering on the then-struggling Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Read More

Taking An Artful Approach to Creating a TCU Legacy

Auriel Garza

Robert '54 and Mary Jane Howell Sunkel '55 believed personal experience was the most valuable form of education and accordingly traveled around the world to experience art, architecture and culture firsthand. Although deceased, the couple's vision and legacy continues through the Sunkel Art History Endowment. Read More

Embracing the TCU Connection

Laura and Tod Miller

Accuse Laura and Tod Miller '79 of being "TCU-centric" and they won't deny it. Case in point: The Miller family holds season tickets for virtually every Horned Frogs athletics team. Read More

Staging a Legacy

David Coffee

Actor David Coffee '79 (MFA '82) has discovered a new part to play off stage: that of benefactor to his beloved Trinity Shakespeare Festival (TSF) at TCU. Read More

TCU Shapes Alumna’s Life Journey to Include Giving Back

Valerie K. Blackburn

A successful alumna fell in love with Texas Christian University years ago and today focuses on leaving a legacy that benefits other students. Read More

Alumnus Honors Wife, TCU Experience Through Scholarship

Lee Rae Ulrich

Lee Rae Ulrich didn't attend TCU, but she loved visiting Fort Worth and the campus, and adored her Horned Frog husband's Lambda Chi fraternity brothers and their wives. Read More

Gifts That Pay

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 Deferred Gift Annuities: Plan Now, Benefit Later.

An Example of How It Works


A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Texas Christian University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Texas Christian University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Box 297044, Fort Worth, TX 76129, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to TCU or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to TCU as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to TCU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and TCU where you agree to make a gift to TCU and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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