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    Donor Stories

    Donor Stories

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

    • Bequests
      Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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    • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
      Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
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    • Fixed Income for Retirement
      After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • Endowment Gift
      Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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    • Sale and Unitrust
      Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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    • The Retirement Unitrust
      Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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    • 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.
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    • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
      Luis 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 in value.
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    • 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.
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    • Current 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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    • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
      Keith has been a faithful supporter of University of Charleston and makes regular gifts to support our work.
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    • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
      Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event University of Charleston held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
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    • 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.
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    • Deferred Gift Annuity
      Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
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    • 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 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.
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    • 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.
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    • Leading for the Future
      Luke and Cynthia 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 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.
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    • Providing for Our Children's Future
      Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
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    • Bequest of Insurance
      Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
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    • 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.
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