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Thank you for your generous commitment to future generations of Villanovans by supporting the University through an estate gift, life-income gift or the transfer of assets. You are part of a special group - one of nearly 1,200 alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends who have joined the tradition of the 1842 Heritage Society.

I invite you to share your Villanova story with me and the rest of the University community. Help us inspire others by telling us the reasons why you've decided to make your gift.

We have been blessed by Villanova, and your visionary support ensures that future generations of students will have the same or better opportunities to experience what you experienced and gain what you've gained from being a Villanovan.

Thank you again for your support.

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.

Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D.



John Charles (JC) Lamb, ’11 CLAS, ’14 MA

Lamb familyAs a young alumnus, I don’t strike people as someone who would make a planned gift. In fact, at my first 1842 Heritage Society event, everyone was congratulating my father (Jay Lamb ’74, ’77 VLS)! It took them a moment to realize I was the one wearing the pin—they were shocked someone my age was a member.

I don’t mind this reaction. Instead, I see it as an opportunity to change the perception that planned gifts are only for those approaching retirement age. I can inspire other young alumni by sharing my story of how easy it was to include the Villanova Annual Fund as a beneficiary for my retirement fund through work; and how, through this gift, I can ensure that I leave an even greater legacy through my personal philanthropy.

Since I made my first gift in 2011 through the Senior Class Gift program, and as I continue to give back as a member of the Young Alumni Circle, I’ve witnessed how much of a difference donor support has on current students. In total, I have spent nearly a decade on campus, first as a student and then working for the Annual Fund in University Advancement. Making a planned gift was a unique way to share my appreciation for all those who came before me and allowed me to accomplish all that I had on campus.

My philanthropy has also enhanced my personal connection to Villanova, bringing me to campus for various events. In fact, this year (2016) is my five-year Reunion, and I’m incredibly excited to be serving on the Class of 2011 Reunion committee. Back home, I serve on the Northern New Jersey VUAA Chapter’s Leadership Board.

When my planned gift comes into effect, Villanova and its students will be left with a piece of what—I hope—is the result of a lifetime of success. I know that any past, present and future good fortune will in some way be connected to the University, and my contributions are a tangible way to show my gratitude.

Randall Ruch, ’67 CLAS

My mother worked for Food Fair, a grocery chain, headquartered in Philadelphia. The company offered scholarship assistance for children of employees.

I applied for a scholarship and most fortunately was awarded a partial scholarship. I chose to attend Villanova, which was one of the best decisions of my life. Without the annual financial assistance there was no way I could afford the $2500 annual cost (freshman year) for room, board and tuition. By senior year the cost had doubled, but fortunately I was able to get a $1000 grant from the state which allowed me to finish my fourth year at VU.

Without the financial help I could not have had the incredible Villanova education and total Villanova experience. Therefore, I feel strongly that I should play some role in making VU a reality for another deserving student. I am most fortunate that I am able to fund a scholarship and I look forward to meeting the students who become Wildcats with some help from me.

Vincent L. Lamanna, Jr. ’62 VSB

My decision to create a legacy at Villanova represents the recognition and contribution of my family’s investment in a Villanova education. My dad, Vincent L. Lamanna, was the first member of our family to receive a college education when he enrolled at Villanova College in 1932 as a pre-med student. Thereafter, his younger brother Louis Lamanna graduated Villanova College in 1953, followed by me in 1962 and my brother, Stephen, in 1967.

Following in my footsteps were my children, Vincent Lamanna, III ’89 and Denise Lamanna ’95. A Villanova education is indeed a Lamanna family tradition.

Michael J. Pennington
Director for Experiential Education & Pre-Law Advising Services

Michael J. PenningtonI decided to join the Heritage Society to honor my father, Robert F. Pennington '72 VSB. The sense of community among all Villanovans, across all generations, is very special. My father attributes much of his success, throughout his lifetime, to Villanova University. To be in the position to provide philanthropic support in recognition of my father, and to see its transformative impact on the lives of future Villanova graduates first-hand as a University staff member, is truly a blessing.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Villanova University 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 Villanova University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA 19085, 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 the University 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 the University 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 the University 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 the University where you agree to make a gift to the University 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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