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Donor Stories

  • Insuring the future (literally)Insuring the future (literally)
    Francy Jessup Geiger (78C) never thought she could afford to do something substantial for Berry students, but then she discovered a way...
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  • An Impossible PossibilityAn Impossible Possibility
    Taking advantage of two time-limited offers enabled John Kemp and wife Linda Kelso to do something in 2013 that they previously thought impossible...
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  • Good SenseGood Sense
    As a student at Berry, Eddie Fite (63C) was drawn to future wife Rosa (64C) the minute she arrived on campus in the summer of 1960. A half-century later, those same good instincts helped convince the couple to invest in a charitable gift annuity.
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  • Legacy at WorkLegacy at Work
    Harry Wise (57H) had a strong belief in Berry's student work program and a willingness to contribute to its success in the future.
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  • No Time Like the PresentNo Time Like the Present
    John Hall (09C) understands the importance of a helping hand. Confined to a wheelchair since a 2003 high school cheerleading accident...
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity Guarantees Opportunity for StudentsCharitable Gift Annuity Guarantees Opportunity for Students
    When Betty Jane Taylor started looking for a unique way to honor her husband, a Berry College scholarship seemed the natural choice.
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  • Lighting the Lamp of EducationLighting the Lamp of Education
    In a career spanning more than 40 years, West excelled as a teacher in Georgia and Florida, winning Teacher of the Year honors in the Sunshine State.
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  • Dr. John R. Bertrand's Gift Helps StudentsDr. John R. Bertrand's Gift Helps Students
    Even long after he retired, Berry College students had a special place in Dr. John R. Bertrand's heart, and he chose to show it in the most meaningful way possible.
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  • Widow Boosts Income and Helps Honor Late HusbandWidow Boosts Income and Helps Honor Late Husband
    Virginia George has achieved two goals with one savvy investment decision: by establishing a charitable gift annuity at Berry, she has boosted her rate of return and has honored her late husband's memory in a way that would please him most.
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  • Honoring Dr. MacHonoring Dr. Mac
    Berry's first physics professor, Dr. Lawrence E. McAllister, had a gift for encouraging his students to reach for the stars.
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  • Alumnus' Gift Adds to Retirement IncomeAlumnus' Gift Adds to Retirement Income
    J. Donald Jones (50A, 55C) chose an amazing birthday gift for his alma mater - a pledge of $100,000 to commemorate Berry's first 100 years.
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  • Work Week Regulars Use Stock to Fund 50th Reunion GiftWork Week Regulars Use Stock to Fund 50th Reunion Gift
    After a decade of helping maintain and restore pieces of Berry's past as Work Week "regulars," Charlie (56H) and Sue King found a fitting way to commemorate Charlie's 50th high school reunion.
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  • Donors Learn the Benefits of Giving Now and in the FutureDonors Learn the Benefits of Giving Now and in the Future
    Dr. Leann Yoda Blackburn (91C) and her husband, Ian, never dreamed they'd be able to make a difference for Berry students in their lifetimes. Thanks to a little creative planning, however, they are able to see the benefit of their generosity and even get a charitable tax deduction.
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  • Family Funds Gift with Life Insurance PolicyFamily Funds Gift with Life Insurance Policy
    When Don Fite (51H) returned home from Work Week last year, he had more on his mind than memories of good times spent with friends.
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Gift Examples

  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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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.
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  • Sale 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 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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  • 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.
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  • Part 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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  • Deferred 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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  • Gift 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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  • 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.
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  • Give 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
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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