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Concordia Transforms Couple's Lives

Gerald '58 and Lois '59 Olsen have fond memories of Concordia. Gerald toured Norway with The Concordia Choir under the direction of Paul J. Christiansen and the experience proved to be life-changing.

While on tour, Gerald enthusiastically embraced his Norwegian heritage and decided to apply for a Fulbright scholarship so he could return. He received the scholarship and the couple, who met at Concordia, lived in Norway for a year.

But the experience offered more than an opportunity to live abroad. It also prompted him to change his vocational plans from seminary to medicine.

"That decision allowed me to live out the mission of Concordia through my work in ophthalmology," he says. He's never regretted the decision.

Lois transferred from Concordia after 1957 and pursued her RN degree at the University of Minnesota.

Concordia's ability to transform lives like theirs is just one reason the Olsens support the college through annual gifts. They also have listed the institution as a beneficiary of an IRA.

"We want to validate institutions like Concordia that have ties to the Lutheran church," Gerald says. "That means supporting them now and when our lives are over."

They trust the college will use their undesignated gifts where they are most needed. And with support like theirs more students will have transformative college experiences.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Concordia 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 give to Concordia College, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Moorhead, MN, 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 Concordia College 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 Concordia College 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 Concordia College 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 Concordia College where you agree to make a gift to Concordia College 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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