Every year our organization receives bequests from individuals who did not inform us in advance that they have included us in their wills. We are extremely grateful for these gifts, for they enable us to continue the work that was obviously important to the donors.
Some donors contribute to the University of Wisconsin-Madison with cash, some use appreciated securities, some use real estate. It’s rather unusual to do all three. But Dr. Joe Mnuk has an unusual story—how he wound up at the UW-Madison in the first place and how he and his wife, Julie, decided to revise their estate plans and give back.
It might be a good idea for us to take what might be dubbed the “ESAT.” The letters refer to the “EState Aptitude Test,” and it would measure our understanding of estate planning principles, a necessary precondition for ensuring that our estates are distributed as we wish without unnecessary taxes.
I am so grateful to be a recipient of the Gladys Emerson Cook Scholarship, Barbara M. Hanson Brown Community Service Award, and Merit-Based Study Abroad Scholarship. It has also allowed me the financial freedom to achieve my dream of studying abroad for a semester in Rome, Italy, and soon to achieve my dream of obtaining a degree in Community & Nonprofit Leadership.
Our parents provided the nurturing, education, and guidance making our success more achievable. One way you may choose to honor your parents is a planned gift in their names at our organization, creating an endowment.