One man tops the list of people responsible for the success of the University of Nebraska athletic teams—Bob Devaney. For 35 years he was the driving force behind the University of Nebraska championships, first as a Hall of Fame football coach (1962-72), then as Athletic Director (1967-93) and Athletic Director Emeritus (1993-96). His Husker gridiron teams won eight Big Eight titles and two national championships (1970, 1971). Devaney retired in 1996 and lived in Lincoln until he passed away at the age of 82 on May 9, 1997. Although Devaney no longer has a physical presence at Nebraska, his mark will remain forever.
Our endowment and planned giving program is proudly named the Devaney Legacy Society. Members of the Devaney Legacy Society carry on the tradition by ensuring the long-term financial future and national prominence of Nebraska Athletics. By establishing a scholarship endowment, program endowment or planned gift with Nebraska Athletics, you will support our student-athletes by funding expenses directly related to education, personal development and sports performance.
Along with exclusive events and visibility in public spaces, we provide additional opportunities for our endowment and planned gift supporters:
Philanthropic gifts, not involving the accumulation of priority points or other benefits, are 100% tax deductible. An annual itemized receipt of your contribution and corresponding deductions will be sent to you by February of the following year.
Nebraska Athletics provides the maximum number of scholarships allowed for our student-athletes across 24 sports, accounting for nearly $13 million of our operating budget. Scholarship endowments directly support Husker student-athletes as they pursue the ultimate goal of graduation. Scholarship endowments start at $100,000, are payable over five years and underwrite essential costs associated with:
Nebraska Athletics is a national leader in student-athlete support services. Program endowments invest in the innovation and further development of these elite services. Program endowments may be established and named beginning at $100,000 in support of:
Establishing your legacy through a planned gift can impact the student-athletes of today while building a lasting tradition of support for the student-athletes of tomorrow. Many planned gifts provide substantial tax advantages while providing philanthropic support for 660 Nebraska student-athletes. Planned gifts can take the form of:
Planned gift supporters also earn membership in the University of Nebraska Foundation's Burnett Society. The Burnett Society was created and named for Chancellor Burnett in 1990 to recognize those who support the university with a planned gift. As a Burnett Society member, you join a distinguished group of people who share a common vision for the future of the University of Nebraska and believe in its mission.
The details of your gift are always confidential. We will not release gift information or publish your name without your consent. You may also decline membership in the Burnett Society or request anonymity.
Knowledgeable staff members are available to answer your questions about the benefits of planned giving. By working together on your gift arrangement, we can ensure your wishes will be clearly represented and carried out.
Burnett Society members enjoy several special events throughout the year specifically for them. Campus tours, lunches and educational opportunities just to name a few.
For more information on the Burnett Society please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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