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The Office of Gift Planning
Phone: (850) 644-0753
Fax: (850) 644-6211
2010 Levy Avenue Building B, Suite 300
Tallahassee, FL 32310

Dion GuestDion Guest
Senior Director

Dion Guest is the Senior Director of Gift Planning at the Florida State University Foundation. Dion’s experience in fundraising is extensive with an 11-year stint in the Gift and Estate Planning office at the University of Kentucky, and most recently, four years as Executive Director and House Counsel for the Baptist Healthcare Foundation. Dion earned a B.B.A in Management and a J.D., both from the University of Kentucky. Before his career in development, Dion served as a United States Marine and served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Phone: (850) 644-8253

Hovik ArakelianHovik Arakelian
Development Associate

Hovik works with alumni and friends of the University in the gift planning process. His mission is to serve as the bridge between FSU and what the extended Seminole Family hold dear to their hearts. He has extensive experience throughout the Foundation, including raising capital specifically for the College of Business and has also worked in the Corporate and Foundation Development unit. Hovik received his B.A. in English from Florida State University.

Phone: (850) 645-0492

Marcy KhanMarcy Khan
Assistant for Gift Planning and Regional Development

Marcy grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and started her career in philanthropy at the Academy of Natural Sciences Development Office. She has been with the Office of Gift Planning at the FSU Foundation since 2005. Marcy in responsible for the coordination of support activities for the office including implementing marketing, gift tracking, and day-to-day trusts and estate administration as well as budget management. In her spare time, Marcy enjoys reading, fellowship and outdoor activities.

Phone: (850) 644-0753


A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Florida State University 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 Florida State University [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 FSU 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 FSU 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 FSU 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 FSU Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the FSU 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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