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Dennis and Debra Ujiiye | Reaping From the Past to Sow For the Future

Dennis and Debra UjiiyeDennis Ujiiye ‘70 and Debra Murata '73 met at the University of Idaho in the fall of l969. Dennis was raised on a farm in Nampa, Idaho. Deb's parents were sent to an internment camp during World War II. After the war, they farmed near Fruitland, Idaho. Dennis and Deb's parents valued education, encouraging them to pursue a college degree.

Today Dennis farms the Murata land. Deb is retired from a career in special education. They raised a daughter and have a granddaughter. In 2014 they committed a portion of their estate to UI to benefit the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Education.

The alumni couple, like so many, have fond memories of not only meeting their spouses while at college, but also of the opportunities their education provided them in their respective careers.

As a passionate educator, Deb spent 33 years in education helping students overcome learning obstacles.

"I learned as much from them as I probably taught... unconditional acceptance, perseverance, kindness that knows no barriers, the blessings of humor; teaching and learning that was always mutually beneficial," she said.

Dennis was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and Alpha Zeta, while earning his degree in ag economics and business administration. As a student, he was a scholarship recipient who says financial support helped assist his academic goals while easing the burden of costs.

"Like making sure that our daughter and granddaughter are provided for, we view our support of UI students, faculty, programs and facilities through our estate gift an investment — an investment that will pay great dividends twofold. Students will have the opportunity to learn, grow, and become better leaders who will subsequently use their knowledge, skills and talents to positively impact their communities, states, country and world," Dennis said.


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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the University of Idaho 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the University of Idaho [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 the UI Foundation 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 the UI Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 the UI Foundation 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 the UI Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the UI Foundation 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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