Home > Giving > Planned Giving > Planned Giving Explained

Planned Giving Explained

What is planned giving? alumni14

Our donors are some of the most loyal, generous, and important stakeholders we have at Delaware State University. You unlock possibility and change lives. 

We all know that building a solid personal financial plan provides peace of mind and security. You have goals—personal goals, goals for your family, and goals for the impact you make here at DSU. Planned Giving helps donors like you create a legacy that will last for generations, all while making the most of your financial and philanthropic decisions through the use of annuities, tax minimization, deferred giving and much more. As we work together to help you build your plan, we encourage you to reach out to your tax and financial advisors so that we can work together to help you build a plan to fit your goals.

Below are informational videos and an explanation of various Planned Giving solutions you can leverage to support DSU. You can always check out our Building Your Plan page to start the process or visit our Comparison of Benefits to weigh various Planned Giving solutions.

recent workshop highlights

Below you’ll find a series of helpful videos from our recent Planned Giving Workshop Series, featuring DSU alumni speakers, finance professionals and Institutional Advancement team.

types of planned giving solutions 

The following planned giving vehicles can be used to establish endowed scholarship funds, support the Delaware State University Foundation’s endowment, and more!

Gifts of Assets

A gift of assets (appreciated stock, real estate, IRA Required Minimum Distributions) to the University is a great way to make an impact here at DSU while also receiving tax benefits. Gifts of assets can be directed to the endowment, scholarships or various funds within the University, as long as they meet the Foundation’s gift acceptance policy.


Through tools like wills, living trusts, life insurance policies and more, bequests can come in many forms and help you achieve your personal, family, and philanthropic goals. One thing all bequests share in common is that they are often a donor’s largest gift.


Annuity gifts come in various forms, but the purpose is largely the same—to help you ensure recurring income and security for yourself or loved ones while also making a transformative gift to DSU. Through a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder annuity trust, a donor can transfer cash or assets to the Foundation in exchange for a fixed annual income—often with a greater return than most bank Certificates of Deposit—for life or a specific term.

Next steps

To learn more, reach out to dsufoundation [at] desu.edu. You can also check out our Planned Giving Brochures & eDocuments page for more information on the Planned Giving opportunities here at DSU.