Influencing the Future of Engineering at SCU

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Lester and Muriel O'Meara

There is a group of Santa Clara University engineering students who are involved in Engineers Without Borders, who specialize in water and sanitation projects in Honduras. This past year a group of undergraduate engineering students built a plug-in hybrid-electric race car for a national competition.

And, of course, on campus every year scores of students complete senior design projects ranging from medical devices to robotics. It's opportunities like these that have always made an SCU engineering education a life changing experience for students.

lesterLester O'Meara graduated from SCU in 1933 with a degree in electrical engineering. After serving our country in World War II as a Navy commission officer, he became a principal in the mechanical engineering firm of O'Meara, Sanford, Alessi, Inc.

Lester and his wife, Muriel, were married for 68 years and died in 2010 and 2011, respectively; however their legacy lives through SCU engineering students. Today's students are doing wonderful things thanks to the Lester and Muriel O'Meara Endowment for the School of Engineering Equipment and Operating Needs Fund.

The O'Meara's bequest to the SCU School of Engineering has made an impact beyond the Mission Campus as well. Thanks to the support for future SCU engineers, the O'Meara's gift is helping send passionate engineers out into the world to spread basic human needs to impoverished areas around the globe. With a robust education, supplemented by donor support, SCU engineers experience the real-life application of their talents for conscience, competence, and compassion, while making our world more just, humane and sustainable.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Santa Clara University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Santa Clara University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-1400, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to SCU or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to SCU as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to SCU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and SCU where you agree to make a gift to SCU and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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