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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

Donor Stories

  • Leaving a legacyLeaving a legacy
    Everyone leaves a Legacy, some plan for that Legacy while others do not. I'm a planner and believe that education is important...
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  • Never too old to learnNever too old to learn
    After more than 60 years as a nurse, I know how valuable nursing is and want to share my dedication through the nursing program at Millersville...
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  • A valuable educationA valuable education
    Dr. Dixon was a retired Physical Education teacher, Coach of the women's field hockey and basketball programs...
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  • Helping students study abroadHelping students study abroad
    Endowed scholarship funded through a combination of annual gifts and a bequest through her IRA...
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  • Happy memoriesHappy memories
    Barbara is a retired University librarian and an alumna of the Class of 1965. She is also an eighth generation Biemesderfer whose grandfather...
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Gift Examples

  • BequestsBequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • Fixed Income for RetirementFixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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  • Tax-Free SaleTax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
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  • Capital Gains Tax BypassedCapital 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.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift AnnuityPeace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Endowment GiftEndowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and UnitrustSale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement UnitrustThe Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Property Turns Into IncomeProperty Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their children. After her spouse passed, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her home.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift AnnuityFlexible 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.
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  • Part Gift and Part SalePart Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought their first home many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their children could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current GiftsCurrent Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good WorkA 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.
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  • Deferred Gift AnnuityDeferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?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.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real EstateGift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save TaxesA 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.
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  • Leading for the FutureLeading 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.
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  • Give it Twice TrustGive it Twice Trust
    While visiting the Wills Planner on her favorite charity's website, June, a surviving spouse, came across the idea of a Give it Twice Trust.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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  • Bequest of InsuranceBequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their childrens' future.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust:  Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "Have your cake and eat it too." It's something we say when we can have more than one good thing at the same time.
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  • A Blended Gift to Reach a GoalA Blended Gift to Reach a Goal
    Jay wanted to support one of our priorities at a significant level–$100,000. However, he was only willing to give $25,000 in cash gifts that year.
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