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Donor Stories

  • Dr. Celia Hooper, M.A. '74
    Dr. Celia Hooper, M.A. '74
    My mother graduated from Woman's College in 1945. She and my father instilled within me not only a passion for education, but also a spirit of philanthropy.
  • Dr. Virginia
    Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Stone Johnson '70 and Linwood Johnson, Sr.
    "Being educators, we don't have a million dollars to give the university."
  • Susan McDonald '67
    Susan McDonald '67
    "My life compass was calibrated here. I am glad to have the opportunity to give back to UNCG for the education..."
  • E.D. Kennedy '45
    E.D. Kennedy '45
    A charitable gift annuity has proven to be a very good investment. The financial benefits have been considerable and it has allowed me to plan gifts...
  • MaryK McGinley
    MaryK McGinley
    "We all deserve quality healthcare. With my planned gift, I am showing I value the nursing profession and the way..."
  • Claudia Kadis '65
    Claudia Kadis '65
    "I have been so fortunate to be in this position and consider it a real privilege to give back to a school that gave me so much."
  • Ann Fisher
    Ann Fisher
    I am a lover of history and libraries, and a military veteran. I grew up in Portland, Oregon and moved to Hendersonville 19 years ago, after my retirement.
  • Dot Rechel
    Dot Rechel
    I grew up in Cincinnati, and for as long as I can remember, all I wanted to do was run away and join the army. I'm not sure why, as Cincinnati...
  • Betty Brooks '52
    Betty Brooks '52
    I appreciate the personal relationships I've had, and everyone has always been so nice, from the Chancellor on down. I've enjoyed a personal connection to UNCG...
  • Rossie Henley Lindsey '63 and Cleaton Lindsey
    Rossie Henley Lindsey '63 and Cleaton Lindsey
    Our gift annuity has kept us connected with UNCG and has afforded us the opportunity to meet the students who have benefited from it.
  • Alice Joyner Irby '54
    Alice Joyner Irby '54
    When I was a student, Warren Ashby became my friend, not just my professor. That's what you want in a learning community.
  • Ruth and Harry Edgren
    Ruth and Harry Edgren
    We chose to make our donation to the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program in the form of a Gift Annuity. While the income from this fund will enable students...
  • Gayle Hicks Fripp '63 and Terry Fripp
    Gayle Hicks Fripp '63 and Terry Fripp
    I realized all through my working career how much I owed to the university because of the knowledge and skills they had given.

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.