A Look Into the Life of a CC Graduate: Eric Mellum, Class of 1990

Eric Mellum

Colorado College is fortunate to boast many successful students who, almost invariably, become fabulous alumni. CC will only be greater through the dedication of our alumni.

Alumni play many important roles for CC, such as the following:

  • Returning to teach
  • Providing internship opportunities
  • Serving on advisory boards
  • Referring students
  • Participating in Colorado College events—locally and on campus
  • Providing financial resources for the programs that support the College mission

Meet Eric Mellum
We asked one of our outstanding alumni, Eric Mellum from the Class of 1990, to share what he is doing now, his thoughts on CC and why he shows his support each year by making contributions to CC.

What I'm Doing Now
I'm the practice director for a management and information technology consulting firm in the Twin Cities. I design and lead implementations of enterprise business intelligence and business transformation solutions.

I also sing with the Minnesota Opera as a professional chorister, captain two soccer teams, drive for Meals on Wheels, serve on my church council and volunteer for CC as an alumni admissions representative. I also make sure to show my Colorado College pride and join the festivities whenever CC comes to town.

Favorite Memories About CC
My favorite memories include great friends, playing hockey (open, IM and club) and ultimate frisbee, singing in the choirs, block breaks in the mountains, living in Arthur House, being outside in the beautiful Colorado weather with a constant view of Pike's Peak, really getting to know the professors, and Roadrunner Pizza.

Giving Back to CC
I may have missed a year accidentally due to faulty record keeping on my part, but I've intended to donate every year to CC and have generally done so since graduating in 1990. My experience at CC was so enjoyable while I was there and played such a major role in preparing me for life after college.

Giving Online
Online giving has been great, as it's quick and easy. It keeps me from having to deal with stamps, paper, envelopes, etc.—very green. It helps me avoid clutter in my home office. Plus, having electronic receipts makes it faster and more convenient to review contributions and prepare information for tax returns, etc.

Making an Impact
I believe in giving back and in the institution and the uniqueness of the whole CC package: The Block Plan, outstanding academics, a diverse and dynamic student body, wonderful extracurricular activities, and being "nestled" at the foot of Pike's Peak combine to make CC a college like no other.

I trust that my gifts and those of my fellow alumni help CC continue to grow and provide outstanding experiences for students today and generations to come.

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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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