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Chautauqua Heritage Society

The Chautauqua Heritage Society recognizes, honors and thanks all those who have made a commitment to NCCU in a will or trust, life insurance or life income annuity or through the gift of real estate, and who have informed the university of their intentions. As our way of thanking you, your name will be listed on this website and in selected NCCU publications. You will also receive an invitation to a special university event sometime during the academic year.

Change lives. Leave a legacy of support to a college, school, program or scholarship fund. Help us discover the cure for cancer, eliminate world hunger or educate a future governor or president of the United States.

Protect your estate. Name the NCCU Foundation as a beneficiary in your will or trust. Bequests are not subject to estate taxes, reducing the tax liability for your heirs.

There are many ways to give. Donate your residence, vacation home or farm through a "remainder interest" deed to the NCCU Foundation. Enjoy it fully for the rest of your life and get a tax deduction this year. You may also contribute your appreciated assets, such as stocks or a life insurance policy, and realize important tax benefits.

We can help. We can work together to help you choose or tailor a fund that will reflect your principles and carry out your wishes for the future. It is important to receive advice from a qualified expert who has a legal responsibility to look out for your best interests. Your confidentiality is always respected. For more detailed information about wills and estate plans we will be glad to talk with you and your financial advisor personally. To begin the conversation, please complete the Planned Gift Form and return it to the address indicated on the document or contact Randal Childs.

The Origin of our Society's Name
The name of the Chautauqua Heritage Society recalls the original title of North Carolina Central University — the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race. Named for the lake in upstate New York by which the first gathering took place, Chautauqua became known as a form of adult education made popular more than a century ago. Through sermons, lectures, performances and debates, the movement promoted the benefits of exposure to the liberal arts.

The NCCU of today is the legacy of the Chautauqua movement, just as the Chautauqua Heritage Society is the legacy of support established by individuals like you for the future needs of the students, researchers and faculty of North Carolina Central University.
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