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Stan Talarek '62

A Man Moving Forward, a Lifetime of Giving Back

Stan Talarek

Stan Talarek '62

Stan Talarek '62, was a quiet, shy boy who grew up in Two Rivers - population 12,000. His father, an architectural engineer, had advanced education beyond high school but never earned a degree. Stan admired his parents and grandparents and, when the time came, he fulfilled his parents' expectation that he would go to college - one generation hoping for more for the next.

When considering his choices, the University of Wisconsin-Madison seemed too large to this smalltown boy, and UW Oshkosh seemed just the right size. Today, with an enrollment of 13,000 students, his alma mater outsizes his hometown.

As Stan left Two Rivers and enrolled in UW Oshkosh, he was excited about his new-found independence and the opportunity to make decisions - what classes to take, where to live and what fraternity to join. It was the little things that created a collection of memories he still treasures today.

Stan majored in elementary education and, upon graduation in 1962, he moved to Beloit where he worked for two years. He then accepted a position at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison and was certified to work with emotionally disturbed children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Stan's students, many with multiple handicaps, lived on campus. He remembers them fondly as nice kids who needed the basics. They loved going to school and Stan loved teaching them. His career moved forward, while he gave back to countless students throughout his 32 years at Mendota.

Supporting What He Loves
After retirement, his first project was to help raise money for the new library in Sun Prairie as a "Friend of the Library."

Upon completion of that $2-million campaign, he began to think about what to do with his resources. He decided to establish the Talarek Family Scholarship at UW Oshkosh in memory of his parents, Sigmund and Johanna Witczak Talarek.

The scholarship is awarded to fulltime special education majors to help support future teachers. He acknowledges that special education and elementary education are very difficult at times but also very rewarding. By creating this scholarship, Stan provides resources to help the next generation of teachers and students.

Stan then created a lasting gift through his estate, perpetuating the dream that each generation does better than the last. The majority of his estate is designated to UW Oshkosh and the College of Education and Human Services. It is a way for Stan to give back to his alma mater with a gift that will serve his purposes and last the longest. He can enjoy today knowing that he's taken care of tomorrow.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to UW Oshkosh Foundation a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate for its unrestricted use or purpose or designation of your choice.

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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use or purpose or designation of your choice."

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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.

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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 UW Oshkosh 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 UW Oshkosh Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 UW Oshkosh 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 a third party where you agree to make a gift to UW Oshkosh Foundation and they, 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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