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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 is an explanation of the various Planned Giving solutions here at 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.

types of planned giving solutions 

Gifts of Cash or Assets

A gift of cash or assets (real estate, appreciated stock, 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 cash or assets can be directed to the endowment, scholarships or various funds within the University, as long as they meet the University’s gift acceptance policy.

Endowment Support alumni13

Providing support for our endowment is an incredibly rewarding way to give back to Delaware State University in perpetuity. DSU provides more than half of our students with scholarships annually, in no small part thanks to individuals who have made an endowment contribution or created their own Named or Endowed Scholarship Fund.


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 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 donors largest gift.

Next steps

To learn more, reach out to our Director of Major Gifts, Justin Rodstrom, at jrodstrom [at] desu.edu or 302-242-2784. You can also check out our Planned Giving Brochures & eDocuments page for more information on the Planned Giving opportunities here at DSU.