Meet Donors Ted '76 and Michele Grindal

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Ted Grindal has committed much of his life to Augsburg. Augsburg is a grateful beneficiary of Ted's time, professional expertise, and financial generosity. The generosity of Ted and his wife, Michele, has resulted in significant scholarship aid for Augsburg students.

Ted's parents met at Augsburg, his father went to Augsburg Seminary, and sisters— Gracia and LaRhae— are distinguished alumnae. Ted majored in political science and communications, and graduated cum laude in 1976.

Ted sang in the Augsburg choir for four years and in the Cabaret Singers. Involvement in local politics helped Ted hone his speech and debate skills, which he would later need in law school. Perhaps one of Ted's most notable achievements is that he helped start Augsburg's radio station, then known by the call letters KCMR. "I broadcasted from the top of Urness Tower," he said. "I'm sure I could be heard all of one mile away."

For over 25 years Ted has practiced law with the Minneapolis firm of Lockridge Grindal Nauen. Recently he completed 12 years of service as a member of the Augsburg Board of Regents. He chaired the board and headed the search committee that brought Paul C. Pribbenow to Augsburg in 2006 as the College's tenth president.

As chair of the Board of Regents, Ted participated in a campaign to educate Board members about the value of planned giving. At that time, Ted and Michele decided to name Augsburg as one of the beneficiaries of their life insurance. "Estate planning wasn't at the top of my mind then," he said, "but the life insurance option was a simple way for us to engage in a planned gift, and we are pleased that these funds will support Augsburg students now and for many years to come."

Ted and Michele's gift will fund the H. Theodore and Michele Grindal Scholarship Fund at Augsburg.

Life insurance may be one of the right gifts for you. They are easily structured. Certain tax benefits are available, the cost is minimal, and unlike Ted Grindal, you don't need to be an attorney or even see one to establish the gift. For more information, contact Amy Alkire at 612-330-1188 or

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Augsburg 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 give to Augsburg University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 2211 Riverside Ave., CB 142, Minneapolis, MN 55454, 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 Augsburg University 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 potential 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 may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 Augsburg University as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. 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 Augsburg University 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 Augsburg University where you agree to make a gift to Augsburg University 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.

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