By Chandra Harris-McCray
Exposure to college came at an early age for Charles Youngerman.
As an elementary school student growing up on a farm in Lexington, Tenn., he attended 4-H programs at the University of Tennessee Martin. The campus was seen as a connected and necessary part of his educational journey even before he became a freshman in 1955.
"I was able to experience college and the Martin campus before I ever became a student," he says. "It was never a question of whether or not I was going to college. My mother was a schoolteacher, so I always knew the importance of education.
"Not only was attending college a reachable goal, but Martin was a place I could go and not get lost in the crowd," says Charles, who recalls UT Martin's student enrollment was very similar to his high school at the time.
Reflecting, Charles said "It probably cost about $2,000 out-of-pocket for me to get a college education. I worked on campus and the farm and made no more than 65 cents an hour." Those days were priceless for Charles, who was also a football player under the coaching leadership of Bob Carroll, and vice president of the student body among many other extracurricular activities.
His greatest moment in college was meeting his late wife, W. Kate Youngerman, who received her educational certificate from UT Martin and later graduated from UT Knoxville with an education degree.
UT Martin "felt like home, it still does," says Charles, who lives in Selmer, Tenn., near his son and grandchildren.
Upon graduation in 1959 from the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Charles began his career in the electrical industry and later became an investor and owner of a manufactured home business. Charles retired after a 38-year career in modular home management and retail sales.
"UT Martin has had a great bearing on my career, my outlook on life, and the person I have become," he says.
"I have taken and learned invaluable lessons from a great institution," he says. "It was time to give back."
Through a charitable gift annuity, Charles is supporting his first passion— agriculture— in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at his alma mater. "This was a way for me to make a commitment and do something for the university, which has done so much for me, and at the same time receive additional cash flow for the rest of my life," Charles says.
"I will never forget the great people at UT Martin who have made such a profound impact on my life."
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The University Of Tennessee 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to The University Of Tennessee [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 UT 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 UT as a lump sum.
You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 UT 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 UT where you agree to make a gift to UT 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.