Leave Your Legacy at Warren Wilson

Planned gifts – through bequests or other vehicles outlined below – can be the largest philanthropic gift an individual can make in their lifetime. Thank you for considering investing in education for our students.

  • Bequest in Will or Living Trust

    A bequest allows you to make a gift to WWC, receive an extra tax deduction for the amount of the gift, and leave a lasting legacy to WWC that is important to you.

    Sample bequest language to include in your will: I give, devise and bequeath to Warren Wilson College (EIN: 56-0767736), a nonprofit organization, the sum of $ _______ (or a particular asset, or ___% of my estate, or ___% of the rest and remainder of my estate) for its general purposes.

    If you have questions about leaving WWC in your will or living trust, please contact the Office of Advancement about your intentions. We have additional bequest language that may assist you and your attorney when writing your will or living trust. We will also help you craft a Statement of Intent for your gift, specifying how the gift should be used when received by WWC.

  • Allocate Retirement Assets

    Designate Warren Wilson as the primary or secondary beneficiary of your 401(k), 403(b), IRA, SEPP or other tax-deferred retirement plan, and avoid paying taxes on the income from these assets as well as potential estate taxes.

  • Designate Life Insurance

    Name Warren Wilson as owner and beneficiary to a whole life insurance policy, providing a meaningful gift to WWC at relatively little cost. Transfer ownership of an existing policy, or establish a new policy in the name of Warren Wilson College.

  • IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

    Over 70.5? Donate directly from your IRA, and satisfy your annual Required Minimum Distribution simultaneously. For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity

    One of the easiest and most popular ways to make a planned gift to Warren Wilson, a charitable gift annuity provides you with income for the rest of your life. When you make a gift of $10,000 or more to WWC to establish a charitable gift annuity, WWC promises to pay you (or up to two people) an income at a fixed annual rate. This rate, based on your age(s), is established at the time of your gift and never changes. Your income from this gift is guaranteed for life. At your death, WWC receives the remainder of the annuity and applies the funds to the program you specified at the time of your gift.

  • Charitable Remained Trust (Annuity or Unitrust)

    For gifts of $100,000 and greater, you can create a charitable remainder trust, which can be created during your lifetime or through your estate. When you transfer assets and name Warren Wilson as the trustee, WWC invests the assets for the length of the trust term. This gift option provides you or your loved ones with annual income, for the rest of your or your loved ones’ lifetime or a term of no more than twenty years. When the trust term is over, the remaining assets are distributed to programs at WWC that you designated in the initial agreement. This giving opportunity ensures future income for you and your family while supporting WWC’s mission.

Arthur Bannerman 1948

The Bannerman Society

Individuals who inform the Office of Advancement of their decision to give to Warren Wilson College through wills, trusts, and other planned gifts are recognized through membership in The Bannerman Society. This group is named after Arthur M. Bannerman, the first president of the College.

The Bannerman Society is recognized at the President’s Reception at Homecoming each year.

For further information or to let us know that Warren Wilson is already in your estate plans, please contact Janet Doyle, Director of Development at jdoyle@warren-wilson.edu or 828-771-3756.