David '67 and Barbara Baker '68 Blanden have supported Alma College in multiple ways through the years. They have targeted their financial support to the Center for Responsible Leadership, Stone Recreation Center and the Alumni House Project Fund. They also have provided for the College in their estate plan.
"Supporting Alma College is part of giving back so others can have the same opportunities we have had," says Barbara.
The Blandens live in Tecumseh, where David works as a dentist and Barbara teaches techniques for alternative healing. They rarely miss attending homecoming.
"We like to hook up with old friends," says Barbara, who majored in English and sociology and later received a master's degree from Western Michigan University.
They knew each other at Alma, but it wasn't until later they got together as a couple. They re-met through a mutual friend at the University of Detroit Mercy, where David was attending dental school.
"David has said that when he learned to study in college, he became a lifelong learner," says Barbara. "He takes continuing education courses for life enhancement or through dentistry."
As a student, David majored in chemistry and was a three-year member of the golf team coached by Art Smith. They captured the MIAA championship in Dave's senior season. He remembers with fondness his chemistry teachers - Jake DeYoung and Charlie Skinner.
"Alma College gave a lot to me, so I want to give back to the College," says David. "The education I received at Alma gave me a great base for going on to dentistry school. Dentistry has been a great profession for me."
- Mike Silverthorn
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Alma College 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 planBequest Language
I, [name], of [city, state ZIP] give, devise and bequeath to Alma College [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestrictred 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 Alma 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 Alma 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 Alma 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 Alma where you agree to make a gift to Alma 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.