Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Gift Planning: Investing in the Future of the University

A growing number of alumni and friends support the University of Virginia through financial or estate planning. This process is known as “gift planning” and the gifts are referred to as “planned gifts.” Planned gifts may include:

Plans from your estate (bequests)

Plans that pay you an income

Other types of gifts

  • Personal Property
  • Privately Held Stock
  • Real Estate

If You Are a Personal Representative, Executor, Trustee or Associated Professional
Settling the estate of a family member, friend, colleague or client can be a challenging task. If you are responsible for administering a bequest or other estate gift to benefit the University, or a specific University school or program, please contact Gwendolyn Spring Dodge in the Office of Gift Planning. Spring can provide whatever information or assistance you may need to ensure that our donor’s intentions are honored.

To contact Spring, call 434-924-6029 (direct) or e-mail, gsd8n@virginia.edu.

To send correspondence or documents, see below:

Regular Mail
Gwyndolyn Spring Dodge
UVa Office of Gift Planning
P.O. Box 400807
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4807
Express Mail
Gwyndolyn Spring Dodge
UVa Office of Gift Planning
400 Ray C. Hunt Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Giving from the Beginning

Private gifts, including bequests, have sustained the University since its inception. As early as 1817, forward-looking donors helped fund construction of the public university. Thomas Jefferson bequeathed to the University library some of his books after selling the bulk of his personal library — more than 6,000 volumes — to the Library of Congress in 1814 to replace its collection, which had burned during the War of 1812.

From Love at First Sight...

As a public high school student in Baltimore in the mid-1950s, Joel Levin applied to two colleges — the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia. Accepted at both, he was eager to start the next chapter of life and chose the school in Charlottesville, where classes started a week earlier. It was love at first sight.

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Jason Chestnutt, CFP®
Office of Gift Planning
Telephone: 800-688-9882
Email: giftplanning@virginia.edu