Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Gift Planning: Investing in the Future of the University

A growing number of alumni and friends invest now in the University’s future by including UVA as a beneficiary of their wills, charitable trusts, and retirement plans. Many make a gift now to the University and receive income for the rest of their life. Gifts like these can offer you and your family significant tax benefits as well as greater financial flexibility in meeting your personal and philanthropic goals.

Plans from your estate

Plans that pay you an income

Other types of gifts

  • Personal Property
  • Privately Held Stock
  • Real Estate

Giving from the Beginning

Private gifts have sustained the University since its inception. As early as 1817, forward-looking donors helped fund construction of the public university. In his will, Thomas Jefferson left some of his books to the University library 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.

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 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 email gsd8n@virginia.edu.

To send correspondence or documents, see below:

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

A Secure Future—With a Heart

The Casscells family has an extraordinary connection to the University of Virginia. Within three generations, they can count nine UVA graduates and one current student. But the family connection extends far beyond that.

Read the Casscells’ Story »

Learn about Charitable Remainder Trusts »


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