Use Your Retirement for Good

If you're like many retirees, you won't need all of your retirement funds to live a satisfying life after work. Why not use those funds to support RIT?

You can create a plan for your retirement funds that helps an area of the university that's important to you, and that helps you avoid additional taxes.

Interested in learning more? Contact RIT's Office of Planned Giving today

Kathleen and Bruce Martin

"It's like traveling for a long time to reach a destination, and finding yourself at the edge of a deep canyon with no way to continue to the other side."
Kathleen and Bruce Martin

When Kathleen and Bruce Martin created their endowed scholarship, this was a very real image for them. During her career at RIT, Kathleen had seen countless students work for two years, three years, or longer to get their degrees, only to reach a point where their tuition funding ran out. Close to finishing, they now faced losing all they'd worked for.

"I've seen students - because of limited loans, family illnesses, job losses, etc. - find themselves unable to pay for their last few semesters of college," says Kathleen. "That affected me deeply, and it's why we wanted to create this scholarship.

Kathleen and Bruce knew they were in a position to help these students. They used IRA distributions to create the Martin Family Endowed Scholarship. Through a Qualified Charitable Distribution, they were allowed to exclude their distribution from their taxable income, but still have it count toward their required minimum distribution (RMD).

And the distribution created tuition support for students in jeopardy of not completing their degrees.

A Gift that Reduces My Taxes? Tell Me More.

A Qualified Charitable Distribution is a simple way to make an impactful gift while you reduce your taxes by lowering your taxable income.

Visit RIT's planned giving resource page for informative documents to help you with your will and other estate plans.