A Family Committed to Colorado College

The Deichen Family

The Deichen Family

Once 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.

It all began when the two members of the class of 1976 met during their first freshman block. Both became involved in campus life: Kathy as president of her sorority, and Jim with the basketball team and coaching Kathy's intramural softball and basketball teams. They studied hard as political science and economics majors. Professors like Walt Hecox, Tim Fuller and Ray Werner challenged them and prepared them for an unknown future—and in doing so, made lasting impressions on them.

A Time to Give Back
Well prepared to write and communicate clearly as well as think critically, the two went on to earn their MBA degrees at Northwestern University and move into successful careers. Jim went into banking and Kathy into marketing consulting. It was time to give back, and Colorado College was at the top of their list. And it has stayed on the list for three decades. In fact, the Deichens have made a gift to CC essentially every year for the last 30 years! They know that annual gifts are vital to the economic engine at CC—enhancing programs and assisting with the daily operations of the college. Perhaps most significantly though, is that every student and every professor benefits from annual gifts.

As time went on, something else felt right—to make their annual gift with stock. The Deichens' annual gifts over the last 10 years have all been made with appreciated stock. Why with stock? Jim and Kathy find it to be tax-efficient, and it allows them to be more generous than if they just wrote a check.

Carry On the Tradition
Jim and Kathy's expanding link and commitment to the college have grown to include their three children, who have all attended CC. Kendall graduated in 2006 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling; Troy just received his degree in May and works in banking; and Jordan is exploring creative writing and will graduate in 2012. Today, Kathy runs a theater production company with a board of directors composed mostly of former CC classmates, and Jim serves as a guest lecturer in the economics department. No doubt, a family love affair to continue for many years to come!

Discover how to leave a legacy at CC.

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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