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Extend Your Support

A Simple Way to Extend Your Support

Did you know that you can extend your support with a gift that doesn’t cost you anything during your lifetime?  A charitable bequest, made through a will or living trust, is a wonderful way to support tomorrow’s students and ensure the future of the University.  In addition to making a gift that will be the source of continuing pride as the years pass, you can also be comfortable in knowing that if your circumstances or family needs change, your bequest can be modified anytime during your life.

Please contact Robert A. Kanonik, J.D., Director of Planned Giving, at (815) 836-5813 or kanoniro@lewisu.edu with any questions about naming Lewis University in your will or living trust.  Bob is happy to help, without obligation.


Other Simple Ways to Leave Your Mark on Lewis University

If you wish to continue supporting Lewis even after your lifetime, in addition to a gift in your will, here are three more easy ways to make a lasting impact.  While most assets can pass to your chosen beneficiaries by the terms of your will or living trust, other assets require separate beneficiary forms.

The beneficiaries of the following assets can be modified at any time to meet your changing needs:

  • IRAs and retirement plans
  • Life insurance policies
  • Insurance annuities

To name or change a beneficiary, simply contact the administrator of your retirement plan or your insurance company and request a change-of-beneficiary form.   You may choose to direct the entire amount to Lewis University, or you may designate a portion of the proceeds to the University.  Lewis can also be included as a contingent beneficiary, to receive the proceeds in the event the primary beneficiary is no longer living.  Please note the following information about Lewis University which the beneficiary designation form may require:

  • Tax ID number:   36-2167773

  • Mailing Address: Lewis University
    University Advancement Office
    One University Parkway
    Romeoville, IL 60446-2200 

  • Phone: (815) 836-5244

  • Fax:     (815) 836-5641

If you have questions about naming Lewis as beneficiary of any of these assets, please contact Robert Kanonik at (815) 836-5813 or kanoniro@lewisu.edu. If you have already included the University in your estate plans, please let us know so that we can include you in the Harold E. White Legacy Society, properly thank you for your gift, and ensure that your gift is used by Lewis University as you intend.