These Days, Colleges Urge Young Alumni to Give ... Posthumously

These Days, Colleges Urge Young Alumni to Give ... Posthumously 1

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Scott A. Mickelson and his wife, Caryn, included their alma mater, Oregon State U., in their wills: "We wanted to make sure that our son was taken care of. Once we were sure he would be all right, we decided to include Oregon State."

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Scott A. Mickelson and his wife, Caryn, included their alma mater, Oregon State U., in their wills: "We wanted to make sure that our son was taken care of. Once we were sure he would be all right, we decided to include Oregon State."

For college fund raisers, one bright spot in the economic doldrums is that it's easier to talk with potential donors about their deaths.

Worried about outliving their assets, many alumni who want to make a charitable gift are now more inclined to do so in their wills. And fund raisers feel more comfortable bringing up the subject.

"'Have you included Oregon State University in your estate plan?,'" says Dan Peterson, vice president for principal gifts and gift planning at the