Planned Giving Donors to be Honored with Recognition Wall
Members of the D. B. Johnson Society, Winthrop’s circle of planned giving donors, will be honored with a donor recognition wall at the Little Chapel.
The wall will be unveiled on Oct. 14, 2011, in conjunction with the first D. B. Johnson Society induction and Winthrop’s celebration of its 125th anniversary. Anyone who has made a planned gift prior to June 27 will have their name included on the cast bronze plaque. A mockup of the wall is seen at the right.
Currently more than 250 donors are in the D. B. Johnson Society’s charter class.
“This is a unique opportunity to make a legacy gift to Winthrop and to take part in this historic occasion,” said Laurie Nortz, senior philanthropic advisor for planned giving.
Planned giving, or deferred charitable giving, enables donors to provide the Winthrop experience to future generations. The most common planned gift is a bequest, which means Winthrop is named as a beneficiary in a person’s will. Additional planned giving vehicles include trusts, annuities, and life insurance.
“Planned giving provides donors with the flexibility to give a gift that fits their financial situation while providing for the future. All planned giving donors, regardless of their gift size, will have the distinction of being included on the donor recognition wall,” said Nortz.
The wall, she added, is a way for Winthrop to publically thank its planned giving donors, honor Winthrop’s founding, and remind future generations of the generosity of those who came before them.
The D.B. Johnson Society is named for Winthrop’s founding president, David Bancroft Johnson, and it honors his lifelong commitment to supporting education. He and his wife Mai are interred at the Little Chapel, where the donor recognition wall will be installed.
In addition, the wall will further honor Johnson as it will be made with the granite stairs that once led to his office in Tillman Hall.
For more information on planned giving, contact Laurie Nortz at 803/323-4748.