Estate & Legacy Giving

Bequest – A bequest is a transfer of property, such as cash, securities or tangible property, to an individual or charitable organization by will or living trust. For many donors, a bequest offers the opportunity to make a more substantial gift than would be possible during the donor’s lifetime. Other donors view a bequest as an opportunity to put the finishing touches on a lifetime of giving with a lasting legacy to the University of Michigan. Bequests are a very popular, simple and impactful way to provide long-term support for the School of Nursing.

Charitable gift annuities – A charitable gift annuity can help you turn assets into a stable, lifetime income stream as you support the university’s mission of education, research and patient care. A gift annuity is a simple contract that is easy to set up.

Charitable remainder trusts – A charitable remainder trust offers a number of financial planning benefits and a way to make a charitable gift that will provide annual payments to one or more beneficiaries for their lifetimes or for a specific term of years.

Beneficiary designation – A beneficiary designation is a transfer of property, such as a retirement account, investment account, donor-advised fund or life insurance proceeds, at death to beneficiaries. Naming the School of Nursing as a beneficiary of an asset is also a popular, simple way to leave a lasting impact

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Donor Stories


Barnsteiner Disch Scholarship Fund

Doctoral work is an immensely time consuming endeavor. That is why alumnae Jane Barnsteiner (Ph.D. ’84) and Joanne Disch (Ph.D. ’85) established the Barnsteiner Disch Scholarship Fund with a $750,000 gift from their estate. The fund will be used to provide financial support to students pursuing a Ph.D. at the U-M School of Nursing.

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Higginson Clinical Professorship in Midwifery

Through their estate, the Higginsons committed a $1 million gift to create the School of Nursing's first professorship in midwifery. “We both really believe in education and wanted to do something that would last beyond us,” says George. “We thought it would be appropriate to devote our funds to something that would go on in perpetuity.”

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For additional information on how to support the School of Nursing please contact the Development team at or 734-763-9710.