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Munir Meghjani Wants to Share Opportunities

Munir Meghjani

Oxford’s youngest legacy donor on record, Munir Meghjani 08Ox 10C is paving the way for future students.

“From the time I first set foot on the Oxford campus and Phi Gamma Hall greeted me with a giant inscription reading, ‘‍Cor prudentis possidebit scientiam,’ I knew that I had found my place,” recounts Munir Meghjani 08Ox 10C. “I am a naturally curious person and Oxford fueled my desire to explore, to question, and to pursue knowledge,” he continues. This ultimately led him to Emory, where he graduated with a degree in psychology with a focus on social philosophy in 2010. Munir attributes his current success as a commercial and investment real estate broker with Sands Investment Group to his formative years at Oxford which, “Revolutionized who I was as a person and built the platform to do everything that I do today.”

The child of immigrant parents who are, in his words, “smart but not well-educated,” Munir recognizes the ineffable value of his Oxford and Emory education. “I grew up low on the economic scale, and most of the kids in my realm did not end up going to college,” he says. Oxford and Emory fed his insatiable appetite for knowledge and fulfilled his desire to explore. The schools also promoted his entrepreneurial spirit and prepared him for real-world success, “Every job or career opportunity that I've had has leveraged one of my entrepreneurial goals,” he says.

In addition to leveraging his entrepreneurial skills to develop his professional portfolio, Munir practices social and civil entrepreneurship—another byproduct of his Emory experience—which reinforces his commitment to philanthropic causes. His heavy community involvement has shed light on the need for cultural diversity in Atlanta. He has played a critical role in the start of AROMA (Activist Recruiting Organizing & Mentoring in Atlanta), a group geared towards strategically and creatively mobilizing activists, and he also serves on boards including Emory University’s Alumni Board, as development chair; Georgia State’s Rialto Center for Arts, as board chair; Oxford College Alumni Board; Leadership DeKalb; and Interfaith Community Initiatives. 

As passionate as he is about sharing knowledge and volunteering his expertise, Munir’s experience on non-profit boards has instilled in him the vital importance of offering financial support. This led him to make the bold move to become one of the youngest alumni on record to make a commitment to Gift Planning through his estate. “I made a legacy gift to Oxford because I want to pass the opportunity on to those who can't financially afford to come here,” he says. With an eye on the future, and creating long-term impact, he continues, “I want to make sure we're sharing these opportunities with those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Munir believes that Oxford and Emory have the power and responsibility to serve humanity. “When people don’t have access to knowledge, they don’t have access to power,” Munir states. Emory’s commitment to uncover new knowledge—but also to share it—is truly empowering. “Knowledge gives us the ability to do what we want in the world, to make the world a better place, it creates opportunities and expands our options,” he concludes, tying his thesis together as neatly as his bowtie, “This is what allows us to become our best selves.”

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Emory University 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 to Emory University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Atlanta, GA, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Emory 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 Emory 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 Emory 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 Emory where you agree to make a gift to Emory 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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