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:

  • "A Night at the Lied" Academic Awards Celebration
  • Nebraska Athletics Benefactor Plaque

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.


Scholarship Endowments

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:

  • Tuition
  • Room and Board
  • Books
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

2016-17 Graduation

  • 126 Huskers earned degrees
  • Graduates came from 23 states and 9 countries
  • 88% school-record Graduation Success Rate

Please contact Leslie Bargen at lbargen@huskers.com or (402) 472-2711 to discuss establishing a scholarship endowment.

Program Endowments

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:

  • Academic Services
  • Life Skills Services
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Performance
  • Sports Medicine

Planned Giving

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:

  • A will or trust
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Life insurance
  • Real estate
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Charitable lead trust

Please contact Marla Grose at mgrose@huskers.com or (402) 415-5445 to discuss establishing a planned gift.

The Burnett Society

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.

More information

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 gift.planning@nufoundation.org

Gift Comparison Chart

Gift Comparison Chart
Gift Type Beneficiary Advantages
Outright Nebraska Athletics
  • Make an immediate impact
  • See your gift make a difference
  • Receive a charitable deduction on your income tax
Charitable Lead Trust
  • Nebraska Athletics
  • Remainder to you or your heirs
  • May provide income, gift or estate tax savings
  • Freezes taxable value of appreciating assets before they pass to beneficiaries
Charitable Gift Annuity
  • One or two annuitant beneficiaries
  • Remainder to Nebraska Athletics
  • Receive a charitable deduction on your income tax
  • Estate tax savings
  • Capital gains tax savings
  • Provides a lifetime fixed income for you or your named beneficiary
Charitable Remainder Trust
  • One or more beneficiaries
  • Remainder to Nebraska Athletics
  • Receive a charitable deduction on your income tax
  • Estate tax savings
  • Capital gains tax savings
  • Provides a lifetime income for you or your named beneficiary
Charitable Bequest Nebraska Athletics
  • Estate tax savings
  • Simple to implement
Retained Life Estate Nebraska Athletics
  • Estate tax savings
  • Receive a charitable deduction on your income tax
  • Continue to live on the property during your lifetime
Retirement Plan Assets Nebraska Athletics
  • May reduce heirs' income tax
  • May reduce estate tax liability
Life Insurance Nebraska Athletics
  • May receive charitable deduction on your income tax
  • May allow for larger gift to Nebraska Athletics