"John served on the Iowa Law School Foundation board for more than a decade, including a term as president."

Minneapolis, Minnesota

John R. Wicks (1959 B.S.C., 1964 J.D.) first became a Hawkeye fan growing up in Iowa City. Receiving degrees in accounting and law solidified his commitment to the University of Iowa and paved the way for a successful 40-year career with the Minneapolis-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney, LLP.

Both John and his wife, Nedra Morgan Wicks (1962 B.A.), have maintained ties to and support for the university since their respective graduations. John served on the Iowa Law School Foundation board for more than a decade, including a term as president, during which time he “met and worked with many talented graduates of the law school, all of whom were there because they wanted to give back to the school.” Nedra’s late father, Professor Philip F. Morgan, is honored in the UI College of Engineering’s Hall of Fame, and a scholarship continues to be awarded in his name. Their son, John F. Wicks, graduated from the University of Iowa in 1998 with Master’s of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees.

Wicks spent his career as an estate planning attorney, and in reviewing his own estate plan in 2012 he decided the time had come to establish a charitable gift annuity (CGA) which would benefit both him and the Iowa Law School. Wicks gave high marks to the UI Foundation for the support they provided in completing the arrangements.

“Not only was the staff at the foundation knowledgeable in helping with computations and the preparation of documents, but the agreement is just two pages long and completely understandable. There are other vehicles for deferred gifts in more complex situations, but in our case, simpler was better,” Wicks said.

Giving via a CGA allows for a substantial income tax deduction and an annual stream of income, the annual payout being determined based on the age of the donor at the time the gift is made.

John and Nedra feel strongly about the importance of quality educational opportunities and are pleased that they can help repay some of the support that was once provided for them.