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Valerie Lowe WatrousScholarship Honors Servant Leadership of FHU Student

Anniston Butler has gone from drag racing and participating in beauty pageants to making an impact as a leader on campus as she looks ahead to the future, inspired by the example of the late Valerie Lowe Watrous.


Fitzgerald FamilyPay It Forward—The Fitzgeralds' Story

Instilled with the value of giving by his parents, Jason Fitzgerald and his wife, Tracy, want to help as many students as they can through their scholarship at Freed-Hardeman University.


Jeff and Laura JenkinsTelling The Next Generation About Laura Jenkins

Jeff and Laura Jenkins began their life together after meeting at Freed-Hardeman College. After Laura passed away, Jeff honored his wife by establishing the Laura Jenkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will assist students who intend to become preachers.


Lisa Robinson Giarratana and Libby FoxInfluence, Gratitude Spark Alumna's Gift

Bro. Jackie Fox, and his wife, Libby, have made an indelible mark on the lives of many FHU students. A recent gift to FHU honors their influence.



Janice FranklinCreating a Legacy of Support for the Future

Janice Franklin's connection to FHU occurred later in life. Her gifts will help spread the gospel by supporting future generations so they remain faithful to God's word.



The Bennett FamilyHonoring a Legacy of Service and Education

The Cliff and Nancy Bennett Endowed Scholarship honors more than 54 years of marriage and long, meaningful careers spent in Christian education. Established in 2013 by the couple's four children—Darren, Jon, Craig and Aimee, the scholarship is intended for Freed-Hardeman University education majors who plan to teach English or math.


James Hadley MaxwellThe Boots, the Hat, the Man, the Legend


A man of many talents, James Hadley Maxwell’s legacy continues even after his passing thanks to an endowment fund in his honor.


DerryberrysSupport 54 Years Ago Leads Derryberrys to Pay it Forward

Thomas Derryberry believes that had it not been for the kindhearted individual who encouraged him to gain a college degree at Freed-Hardeman College, he wouldn't have gone at all. From the support from his supporter and instructors, Thomas was able to complete his courses and graduate college. Now, he wishes to help future generations of students. 


Archibold MarowaThe Josh Riley Memorial Scholarship

Archibold Marowa, or Archie as we have come to know him, is from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is the youngest of six children with four sisters and one brother. He graduated high school in Zimbabwe and then played soccer professionally for a few years. 


Pam BucyG.C. and Pam Bucy

G.C. and Pam Bucy met when they were both students at Freed-Hardeman College in the late 1940s. After marriage, they both worked as educators. 



Kathryn TylerKathryn Tyler

It is probably not very often that a 90-year-old woman has a new perspective on life, but that is exactly what has happened with Freed-Hardeman University benefactor Kathryn Tyler. 

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Freed-Hardeman 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 Freed-Hardeman University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 158 E. Main Street, Henderson, TN 38340, 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 FHU 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 FHU 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 FHU 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 FHU where you agree to make a gift to FHU 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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