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Not everyone wants to commit to making a gift in their will or estate. Some prefer the increased flexibility that a beneficiary designation provides by using: 

  • IRAs and retirement plans
  • Life insurance policies
  • Commercial annuities

It only takes three, simple steps to make this type of gift. Here's how to name San Diego State University as a beneficiary:

  1. Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.
  2. Decide what percentage (1 to 100) you would like us to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form. Be sure to use our legal name, The Campanile Foundation and our tax ID: 33-0868418
  3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.
  4. Notify us.

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Older couple smiling Robert and Carol treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and SDSU over the years. The couple recently updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. They left SDSU a $75,000 IRA to be transferred following their lifetime. Because SDSU is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.

If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $18,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes-leaving only $57,000 for their family's use. Robert and Carol are happy knowing they are making the most of their hard-earned money thanks to their updated estate plan.

*Based on an assumption of a 24 percent marginal income tax bracket.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact us for additional information on beneficiary designations and how they can help support SDSU with our mission.
  2. Talk to your financial or legal advisor to learn which assets will or will not trigger taxable income when paid to a beneficiary. Let us know if you need a referral.
  3. If you name SDSU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID as listed below.
  4. Notify us of your gift.

Legal Name: The Campanile Foundation fbo San Diego State University
Address: San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
Federal Tax ID Number: 33-0868418

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