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Donor Stories

  • The Joy of Giving:  Barbara (Ondrasik) '57 and Dr. David E. Groce Will Transform Lives in Perpetuity
    The Joy of Giving: Barbara (Ondrasik) '57 and Dr. David E. Groce Will Transform Lives in Perpetuity
    With a stroke of the "Poet's pen" Barbara and David Groce became Philadelphians, creating a legacy that will support generations of students to come.
  • Alumni Couple Supports the Newest Generation of Aspiring Writers
    Alumni Couple Supports the Newest Generation of Aspiring Writers
    Zilpha Keatley Snyder '48 and Larry Snyder's '50 story began in a familiar space on the Whittier College campus. The late Zilpha...
  • Rosa Lee Black Votteri '62 and Millard Votteri
    Rosa Lee Black Votteri '62 and Millard Votteri
    For Rosa Lee Black Votteri '62, attending Whittier College was a life-changing experience that led her to a public health career with stops in...
  • Alumnus Makes Sound Investment in Music
    Alumnus Makes Sound Investment in Music
    Raymond Erickson '63 arrived in Whittier from Chicago when his father accepted a position with North American Aviation. From an...
  • Reunion Inspires Scholarship Support
    Reunion Inspires Scholarship Support
    When Sandy (Hayden) Davidson '67 stepped onto the Whittier College campus something clicked, "I felt immediately comfortable," she says.
  • Alumnus Benefits from Planned Gift Now
    Alumnus Benefits from Planned Gift Now
    One day, early in September of 1956, Jim Thomann '60 assembled with the rest of the Whittier College freshman in the old First...
  • A Trustee Leads by Example
    A Trustee Leads by Example
    Trustee Dr. Janet Roberts '64 and her husband Dr. Edgar Clark recently made a wonderful commitment to the College through...
    For alumnus Frank Olson '64, his time at Whittier was one of self-discovery. "It was when I figured out who I was.
  • Educator's Gift Provides Income for Life
    Educator's Gift Provides Income for Life
    For Lynne (Klein) Therriault '62, Whittier College has always been a special place. She studied political science, enjoyed small intimate classes, and knew everyone in her major. She credits her professors at Whittier with challenging her to think critically and explore how the world worked.
  • Expanding Opportunities With a Gift
    Expanding Opportunities With a Gift
    For Carolyn (Crowell) Warner '66, Whittier College has always felt like family. It's where she developed lifelong friendships and where professors were there for her in good times and in bad.
  • Shirley Hole Endowed Scholarship
    Shirley Hole Endowed Scholarship
    John ("Jack") Wesley Hole, Whittier resident, retired science educator, and proud Poet parent and grandparent, established an endowed scholarship at Whittier College in memory of his beloved wife, Shirley.

Gift Examples

  • 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...
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Keith has been a faithful supporter of Whittier College and makes regular gifts to support our work.
  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event Whittier College held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Cynthia 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
    Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
  • 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.
  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.