The Joy of Giving at Year-End

There are few pleasures in life more satisfying or enduring than helping others achieve their dreams. As you think about special holiday gifts for family and friends, remember that making year-end charitable gifts can be one of your most heartwarming experiences.

Inspirational Gifts
Charitable gifts ignite candles of hope by fueling our mission and inspiring everyone who sees the glow, including our beneficiaries, staff and other donors. In addition to the immense personal satisfaction you gain from knowing your support enhances and expands the work of Gustavus Adolphus College, your generosity provides much-needed support for Gustavus.

As a donor, your greatest gift to us is actually a gift to yourself. You have the gratification of knowing that you are helping to strengthen our charitable work. You can also witness firsthand the positive changes we are making and, in some instances, personally meet the beneficiaries of your generosity.

Depending on the gift arrangements you choose, you can also reduce your income taxes, increase your spendable income, avoid capital gains tax and attain no-cost, worry-free asset management.

Heartwarming Ways to Give
Make your charitable gifts before Jan. 1, and you will see a tax break for the year (when you itemize deductions on your tax return).

Cash is always treasured?even more so when you prepay an amount of a pledge or make larger than usual charitable gifts. Your generosity will also be cherished through appreciated securities or investing in an income plan that provides you with a lifetime of income security while benefiting Gustavus Adolphus College. Other gift options include life insurance you no longer want or need, as well as real estate, artworks and other tangible personal property that can be sold.

Rest assured that when you make charitable gifts, numerous hearts overflow with joy as a result of your compassion. Generosity is the one virtue through which everyone feels great.

Please call Laurie L. Dietrich '80 at 507-933-6043, or e-mail us at, for more information.

If you would like to receive more information about making a gift at year-end, e-mail Laurie L. Dietrich '80 at to request your free ebrochure.
Then, we'll send you a copy of the brochure via e-mail.