Section Navigation

Continue Supporting Our Work After Your Lifetime

Beneficiary Designations

MSUPassionate about supporting Montana State University with our mission even after your lifetime? It’s not only possible, it’s easy to do with a beneficiary designation. Just name Montana State University as a beneficiary to receive assets such as retirement plans and life insurance policies after you’re gone. You simply fill out a form that is entirely separate from your will—which makes this approach an easy way to give.

Not only is it an easy way to give, but it's also flexible—you aren't locked into the choices you make today. You can review and adjust beneficiary designations anytime you want.

A possible scenario

Robert and Carol treasure the financial help they've been able to give their children and MSU over the years. Now that their kids are grown, Robert and Carol changed their estate plan so it could work harder for the people and causes they love. The couple updated their will to leave stocks and real estate to their kids. And they left us a $75,000 IRA to be transferred after their death. Because MSUAF is tax-exempt, all $75,000 will help support our mission.

If Robert and Carol had left the IRA to their children, approximately $21,000* would have gone to pay federal income taxes—leaving only $54,000 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 28 percent marginal income tax bracket.

See How It Works

Make Sure You Have a Plan for All Your Assets.

Download Our Complimentary Wills Guide

Next Steps

  1. Contact Samantha Beebout at 406-994-7099 or samantha.beebout@msuaf.org for additional information on beneficiary designations and how they can help support Montana State University 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.
  3. If you name Montana State University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Montana State University Foundation, Inc.
Address: 1501 South 11th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 57915
Federal Tax ID Number: 81-6001649