Retirement assets
Designate the University of Minnesota as a beneficiary

Naming the University of Minnesota as a beneficiary of your retirement account is a simple and tax-advantaged way to support the University.

As with any gift to the University, you may direct your gift to a specific campus, college, or program.


  • If transferred to heirs, assets in tax-deferred retirement accounts—401(k)s, 403(b)s, IRAs, etc.—are subject to income tax and possibly estate tax. If left to the University, these assets will pass free of tax. For this reason, you may want to consider leaving these assets to the University and providing for your heirs using assets that are not subject to income tax.
  • You can designate the University to receive a percentage or all of the remaining assets in the account.
  • You maintain control over these assets during your lifetime and can change the beneficiaries at any time.

Making your gift

To make an estate gift using retirement assets, simply designate the University of Minnesota Foundation as a beneficiary of your account. Each company has its own forms and requirements to designate or change a beneficiary. Please contact your plan administrator to request the appropriate forms.

To designate a gift to any area of the University of Minnesota, please use the following information when completing the beneficiary designation form:

Name: University of Minnesota Foundation
Address: 200 Oak St. SE, Suite 500, Minneapolis, MN 55455
UMF Federal Tax ID number: 41-6042488

Notify your beneficiaries

Many financial institutions do not inform beneficiaries of gifts after the owner has passed away. Informing your beneficiaries of your plans ensures that your gifts will go to the people and organizations you have named. It’s also important to tell your charitable beneficiaries how you want your gift to be used.

Sharing your gift with the U

If you’ve already named the University of Minnesota Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement account, thank you! We encourage you to tell us about your gift by completing our Estate gift form. This document does not create a binding commitment. Any information you provide about your gift will be kept confidential. By sharing your gift, you ensure that the foundation understands how you’d like your gift to be used. Your gift will also be included in Driven: The University of Minnesota Campaign.

Inspire others

All donors who make estate or other planned gifts to the University are welcomed into the President’s Club Heritage Society, a community of forward-thinking donors who have chosen to invest in our University’s future and create a lasting legacy of support for students, faculty, research, and programs. You can share your gift with us and remain anonymous if you choose.



Information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For information on how any gift may affect your tax situation, please consult with your own professional advisor.