Unbreakable Bonds

David and Holly Zacharias

David and Holly Zacharias love for SCU led them to fund a scholarship for students in need of financial aid.

As Life and Campus Change, Couple's Love for Alma Mater Remains Constant
When David and Holly Zacharias graduated from Santa Clara University in 1969, they left the Mission Campus not just as new grads, but also as newlyweds. In 1990 they reconnected with the University, attending events like the annual Golden Circle concert and reunions.

What had changed in 21 years?

Well, for the Zachariases, they had added two boys to their family-Dan and Brian. David had served in the Air Force and was in the middle of a successful financial advising career. Holly was a longtime volunteer and advocate for the SPCA. In some ways, the life they had built was an extension of the lessons learned at Santa Clara University.

"To do well in Santa Clara requires a lot of discipline or complete genius," Holly says.

What camp did the Zachariases fall in?

"We studied a lot."

Her husband agrees. "We developed a serious work ethic."

Santa Clara had changed as well, with many new facilities and a higher tuition. This was the impetus for the scholarship that the Zachariases continue to fund at Santa Clara University that targets deserving students in need of financial aid.

One Constant in a Changing World
In the years to come, Santa Clara grew in their lives. Dan and Brian became Broncos, and David joined the Board of Fellows. It became clear that for all the changes, one thing had remained the same at the Mission Campus.

"Santa Clara still does a good job of providing values to students," David says.

The couple's philanthropy continued to flourish. Through careful estate planning, they ensured their support of the institutions that matter to them, places that had engaged and enriched their lives. This included local institutions in Merced, such as Playhouse Merced where they recently performed in the two-person show Love Letters, and Santa Clara University.

"First, we want to be sure that our family is taken care of," David says. "But when we leave this world, what's going to happen to our wealth? We believe it should go to where it can be used best."

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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