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The Numbers Add Up

John TompkinsSince 2009, 30 Colorado College students have received Euclid Scholarships in Mathematics and Computer Science, which are given to first- and second-year students who have demonstrated extraordinary potential in both disciplines.
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Fulfilling a Promise

GrantFifty years after graduating from Colorado College, Robert Grant ’65 called his alma mater to make a significant commitment to the Otis A. and Margaret T. Barnes Chemistry Scholarship Fund. Otis Barnes, professor of chemistry, along with his wife Margaret Tyson Barnes ’27, established the scholarship.
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Chemistry Professor's Planned Gift Will Help Fund Internships

Nate BowerChemistry Professor Nate Bower sees firsthand the need for financial assistance to pay students for their summer research internships. "Students in chemistry and biochemistry need to do internships to get valuable research experience for graduate school and careers. Simply completing the academic program isn't enough."
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A Competitive Advantage

Jordyn WattsAs a high school student Jordyn Watts ’15 faced a tough question that many students must confront: would she attend the college of her choice or settle for something more financially accessible? Although she was academically well qualified Watts worried that her budget would put Colorado College's first-rate education opportunities well out of reach.
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Scholarship Recipient Delivers Powerful Speech of Thanks

Colin McCarey"CC opened up the world to me. Since being here, I have traveled abroad multiple times, pursued wonderful service leadership opportunities, engaged in-depth with meaningful academic materials and vastly broadened my understanding of the world around me," said Colin McCarey ’12. That is not all Colin had to say about his time at CC, however.
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Knoblauchs Include Colorado College in Their Wills

David KnoblauchFor David "Knobby" Knoblauch ’69, education has played a primary role in his life. Student, teacher, coach, and mentor, David is passionate about the need for education in one's life
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Opening Doors...

Marley HamrickEvery day on the Colorado College campus, doors open and close as students and faculty go about their busy days. For many of the students, like Marley Hamrick ’12, they have been able to make the most of their CC experience because of scholarship assistance. Read how this door of opportunity opened for Marley.
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Alumni Keep Colorado College Close to Their Hearts and Lives

Preston and Julie SargentPreston and Julie Sargent share a long history with Colorado College, and they have chosen to extend that relationship beyond their lifetimes. With a gift to CC in their estate plans, they honor the role the college has played in their lives while providing for future CC students.
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Don Manzelli '53: A Champion of Champions

Don ManzelliFrom the moment he stepped onto the Colorado College campus, Don - a member of the Class of 1953 — developed a deep appreciation for and commitment to the college that never ended.
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A Look Into the Life of a CC Graduate: Eric Mellum, Class of 1990

Eric MellumColorado College students help make the College an even better place through the roles they play after they graduate. Check out this interview with CC alumnus Eric Mellum ’90 to find out what he is up to today and how he is giving back to the College.
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A Family Committed to Colorado College

Deichen FamilyOnce referred to as the couple that walked the most miles on campus holding hands, Jim and Kathy (Vigil) Deichen are still strongly linked to each other and to Colorado College.
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It Is Never Too Early to Plan for Retirement

John YoungWhen John and Sheila Young discovered the charitable gift annuity, they couldn't have been happier, considering the gift would benefit them and Colorado College.
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Scoring a Perfect 10

Ford WhiteIt is not unusual for someone who has done a charitable gift annuity to do a second or even a third-but 10? Ford White ’41 is a true fan of charitable gift annuities-that is why he has created 10 with Colorado College! Gift annuities are a popular way to support the College while supplementing income in retirement.
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Jean Torcom '64 Expands Her Generosity

Jean TorcomMy time at Colorado College was the transformative experience of my then young life. I loved everything about it. I made life-long friends, had a view of Pike's Peak from my dorm room every year, and benefitted enormously from the dedicated teaching of talented and generous faculty who shared not just their subject expertise but their wisdom, support and guidance.
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Giving Back to Others

Mazie Campbell Conarty '53 does not consider herself unusual. As a nurse, wife and mother, she has always looked after others. It was in high school outside of Chicago that she learned the importance of giving back to her community. She maintains that philosophy today as a mentoring volunteer for the Natrona County elementary schools in Casper, Wyo. But what motivated Mazie to include Colorado College in her estate plans?
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About Immortality

Immortality is not the name of a new iris or even a reference to my beloved rebloomers. The type of immortality I have in mind is a legacy--a lasting memorial, a gift that keeps on giving, a tribute to one's love of his or her alma mater.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Colorado 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 plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to The Colorado College, City of Colorado Springs, County of El Paso, State of Colorado, [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 CC 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 CC as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 CC 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 CC where you agree to make a gift to CC 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.

Deferred Gift Annuity

You can defer your payments until a later date that you specify.


Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity

You choose a time range in which to begin receiving payments.


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