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Mindy Belt

Mindy Belt is thankful for her time at UI and wants others to have that same positive experience.

Communications alumna Mindy Belt '85 believes that a well-rounded education is the key to a successful career. She attributes her success to a number of factors, including internships, college scholarships and support from University of Idaho faculty and staff she received while on campus.

"Throughout my years at Idaho, the instructors and campus employees always made the students feel welcome, respected and cared about," Mindy says. "They were accessible and willing to help the students meet their goals. I think there are instructors like that everywhere; but at the UI, they were the norm, rather than the exception."

Mindy's college career would not have been complete if it weren't for her Kappa Alpha Theta sorority sisters. Her involvement in UI's Greek system provided her with a campus community, but also options to explore a wide range of interests and creative pursuits that have served her well throughout her working years.

"My career took a very interesting path, from Public TV to Cable TV, to office management, while pursuing writing, layout and photography on the side," Mindy says. "I essentially 'fell' into healthcare marketing when I moved to the Philadelphia area, and was fortunate to be able to grow and build on my post-graduate technical writing and design education."

The College of Letters Arts and Social sciences provided Mindy with internship opportunities that led to her successful career in television, by providing her with an authentic working experience that developed her diverse set of skills. She also became a paid staff member with KUID TV.

"As communication students, we were able to work side-by-side with our classmates on live and post-produced TV shows, including Vandal sports events, theatre and dance productions," she says. "That experience allowed us to 'dip our toes' in the real working world, and gain the kind of experience that made UI graduates stand out in the job market.

Mindy has chosen give back to UI because of the many opportunities, through scholarships and other programs, she earned in order to complete her degree and attain a successful career. Through a beneficiary designation on her retirement plan, she will contribute to financial aid for UI women who need additional support in order to attend college.

"I am so fortunate to be in a position now where I could help others in some small way to live the 'Idaho experience' and gain a rich education in the process," she says.


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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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