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Wayne RinkenbackLate Musician Offers One Last Song to FSW
Wayne Rinkenback had a passion for music and desire to serve God. His scholarship gift will ensure his passions live on for years to come.
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Michael BerubeA Chance Encounter Changes X-ray Focus
Evidence of a lasting impact becomes clear when talking with FSW student, Michael Berube, 21, in his second year pursuing an associate’s degree with a focus on the business sector.
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Pedro Ramirez and Cassidy CousinsFSW Student Researchers Attend AIDS Conference in South Africa
Pedro Ramirez and Cassidy Cousins are taking their hands-on research experience at FSW and applying it to the real world at the 2016 International AIDS Conference.
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Eglindina QuintanaEducation Student Eager to Give Back
Sophomore Eglindina Quintana is eager to finish her elementary education degree at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) so she can give back to her hometown of Immokalee. With a bachelor's degree in elementary education, she'll be able to work as a fully-certified teacher in one of the Collier County School District's five Immokalee elementary schools.
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Ian McCallister and veterans club FSW Eases Transition from Veteran to Student
Transitioning from active duty to civilian life for veterans requires tremendous support. Ian McCallister, a student-veteran and former president of the college’s Troops and Students Connect Force received the support he needed at Florida SouthWestern State College.
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Lexi Bettermann Athletics Draws 'Traditional' Students to Florida SouthWestern
Lexi Betterman is a standout softball player who first picked up a bat and glove at age 6. Now the Minnesota native is helping the Buccaneers on the field and working toward a quality education in the classroom.
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Alexandra MillsMother's Illness Inspires FSW Student to Help Others
FSW student Alexandra Mills has known that she wanted to go into the health field since graduating high school. What helped her decide to apply to the School of Health Professions' Cardiovascular Technology program was her mother's heart disease.
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Arturo CorreaSWFL Artist Found True Calling, Fell In Love at FSW/Edison
Arturo Correa's life was forever changed when he signed up for an elective painting class at Edison Community College in 1992. There he discovered his future career, and eventually met his future wife in the campus library.
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Kathryn KellyFSW Alumna Awarded the APEX Award for Professional Excellence
Kathryn Kelly pays forward the support she received at FSW by championing educational opportunities for children in southwest Florida.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation 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 Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 8099 College Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33919, 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 FSW 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 FSW 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 FSW 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 FSW where you agree to make a gift to FSW 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.