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Between 1980-1990 overall poverty rates grew 22 percent more on reservations without tribal colleges. Source: Tribal College Contributions to Economic Development 2000 Report.

Learn how Marlyn Mackey Gillis left a lasting legacy to Native students by including the American Indian College Fund in her estate plans. You can too!

Thanks to the nation’s tribal colleges, more and more American Indian students are realizing that the best gift they can give to the next seven generations is to earn a college degree. We hope you will include the American Indian College Fund in your estate plans and empower American Indian students’ path to a better future.

The American Indian College Fund appreciates your support - helping us to provide Native student scholarships to enable students to gain knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole. We value your partnership and trust the following information will be of value.

“My children and our future depend on my perseverance. They are witnessing the power of change through education.” 

Barbara – College of the Menominee Nation – received a scholarship as the result of a planned gift

Planned giving is any gift that requires an agreement between the donor and the American Indian College Fund that authorizes what, when, and how a gift is given. Planned giving supports and sustains the American Indian College Fund while also helping you to achieve your personal, financial, and estate planning goals.


Examples of planned giving include:

  • Estate plans, including trusts that provide income to you for life
  • Bequests
  • Gifts of stock and other appreciated assets
  • Memorial gifts
  • Endowment gifts

senic viewOverview of Planned Giving Options and Planned Giving Factors are introductory pages about planned giving. Ways To Give provides some basic information about a variety of planned giving opportunities.

If you have included the American Indian College Fund in your estate plans, please let us know by calling us or filling out our declaration of intention form. We would enjoy the opportunity to thank you and would like to make sure your intentions are carried out properly. You might also like to read about the Circle of Vision, which honors those who have made a provision in their estate plans for the American Indian College Fund. The Circle of Vision Info Sheet is basic information that might be valuable for your attorney.

If you have not written a will yet, regardless of your charitable intent, please consider this information.

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For more information or a confidential discussion of your charitable options, please email or call Karen Cheung at (303) 426-8900.

Please note, individual financial circumstances will vary. The information on this site does not constitute legal or tax advice. Donor stories and photographs are for purposes of illustration only. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate specialist. All material is copyrighted and is for viewing purposes only. Use of this site signifies your agreement with the terms of use. The content in this Legacy Giving section has been developed for the American Indian College Fund by Future Focus. Please report any problems to section webmaster.

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