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From Hungary to Connecticut: Civil Engineering's Global Reach
John Lenard

John Lenard was born in Budapest, Hungary, and was exposed to engineering at an early age. His father, Dr. Sando Lenard, was an engineer, and his mother, Dr. Lili Lenard, was a neurologist. More

Space, Cars and Earthquakes: The Rewarding Career of a Civil Engineer
Rasik and Manorama

Rasik (Ray) S. Patel began his engineering studies and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1953 from Gujarat University in India. By 1958, he finished his graduate studies in the United States where he received a master’s in civil engineering with a major in structural engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  More 

Investing in the Future of Structural Engineering
Silky Wong

Silky Wong grew up surrounded by math and science. “My dad is an electrical engineer, and my mom is a science teacher. My brother is also a civil engineer,” she explains. Through various experiences that shaped her, she decided to pursue engineering.  More 

A Bridge to the Future: ASCE Student Competition Helps Build Engineering Profession

"Build that bridge!" could be heard loud and clear across the gymnasium at the 25th National Student Steel Bridge Competition. Four hundred students from 48 teams were cheering their teammates to a possible victory and hoping for a bridge that successfully passed a vertical load test.  More 

A Focus on the Future: Remembering Legacy Society Member Oscar T. Lyon 

Oscar T. Lyon Jr., P.E., Hon.M.ASCE, who represented District 11 on ASCE's Board of Direction from 1972 to 1974, passed away a year ago at the age of 94. Oscar was also an active member of the Society's Arizona Section. More 

Rich Bub: Helping Continue the Tradition of Engineering Accomplishments 

As he fully immersed himself in the complex world of civil engineering over the years, one of the most valuable lessons Rich Bub took away was decidedly simple: the value of giving back. Discover the compelling reasons why he's chosen to support the ASCE Foundation through his ongoing financial contributions and mentoring. More 

A Civil Engineering Legacy 

You could say that the Goodkinds have a passion for civil engineering built into their family structure. >"My grandfather was a civil engineer, my father was a civil engineer, my uncle is a civil engineer, my cousin is a civil engineer and I'm a civil engineer," says Michael N. Goodkind. More 

Your gifts are helping the Foundation fund ASCE strategic initiatives that make a difference. More 

Harnessing the Opportunity to Support a Beloved Profession Forever

Meet past ASCE and ASCE Foundation President Lou Graef and find out why he's passionate about supporting the Foundation's work to build a strong future for the civil engineering profession. Not only is Lou a Legacy Society member, a life member and fellow of ASCE, a past ASCE and ASCE Foundation president, and an ASCE... More 

A Strong Profession That Deserves a Strong Reputation 

After a lifetime career in civil engineering, Charles "Charlie" Parthum knows just how important civil engineering is to the greater public. He also knows that far too few people understand the profession's role in their lives. More 

Art Fox Sees Lifetime Rewards in His ASCE Membership 

"It's hard to separate ASCE from my personal life because ASCE has been a total part of my life," says Arthur "Art" Fox. "I claim...and I think I could prove it," he chuckles, "I've never been without an elected or appointed office in ASCE since 1948." More 

A Professional Responsibility: Supporting the Future of Civil Engineering Through Charitable Giving 

A life member and fellow of ASCE, Chuck Pennoni knows the future of his profession is dependent on having the resources and programs available to continue important ASCE initiatives in place. He also knows a significant part of those resources will come from the Foundation, which is why he is an avid supporter. More 

Supporting the Future of His Profession: ASCE Fellow Sees Great Value in Making Gifts to Foundation 

Dr. Dennis D. Truax knows how important civil engineering is to our country's quality of life. While Americans have come to expect clean water, safe buildings and roads, and efficient transportation systems, those in the profession know and understand these are not a given. They are made possible by hard work and dedicated individuals—those in a profession he holds dear. More 

Giving Back to Civil Engineering: Supporting ASCE With a Thankful Heart 

"My profession has been very good to me," Robert Bein says. "And I feel very good about being able to give something back to the profession." At age 78, Bob is still so enamored with his profession that he has a hard time letting it go. The founder, and chairman emeritus of the board of RBF Consulting in Southern California considers himself semi-retired. Yet, he manages to... More 

Randy M. Perkinson, P.E., F.ASCE 

A generous supporter of ASCE who gives his time and involvement, Randy Perkinson has also committed a substantial future financial gift to establish a civil engineering scholarship. Why? "ASCE has been with me throughout my life," says Randall Perkinson, PE, F.ASCE, senior project manager for transportation infrastructure at Jacobs Engineering in St. Louis. And Randy has taken steps to... More 

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the American Society of Civil Engineers Foundation 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, bequeath and devise [percentage or amount] to the ASCE Foundation, a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, located at 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191, or its successor organization, also a qualified charitable organization. EIN: 52-1891243"

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 ASCE 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 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 the ASCE Foundation 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 the ASCE 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 ASCE Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the ASCE 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.

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