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Donor Stories

  • Lentz - Bequest Through a Living Trust
    Lentz - Bequest Through a Living Trust
    Mark and Connie Lentz's decision to support Michigan Tech actually began with Mark's father, Dean, Class of '53.
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  • Calder - Charitable Remainder Trust - A Tax-Free Sale
    Calder - Charitable Remainder Trust - A Tax-Free Sale
    Years ago, John Calder set an optimistic goal for himself. "I wanted to give Tech $1 million," he says. "When I decided to do that...
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  • Larm - Charitable Gift Annuity - Fixed Income for Retirement
    Larm - Charitable Gift Annuity - Fixed Income for Retirement
    Ken Larm, a civil engineering graduate and veteran of the Korean War, retired as a cost estimator and process engineer for the Crown Group Inc...
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  • Shunta - Gift of Appreciated Securities - Capital Gains Bypassed
    Shunta - Gift of Appreciated Securities - Capital Gains Bypassed
    "Normally, Judy and I prefer to keep our charitable activities, if not anonymous, certainly low key," says Rudy Shunta. "We like to help..."
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  • Frayer - Charitable Gift Annuity - Peace of Mind
    Frayer - Charitable Gift Annuity - Peace of Mind
    As a former dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Ed Frayer wants to provide benefits to...
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  • McBride - Deferred Gift Annuity - A Conservative Way to Give
    McBride - Deferred Gift Annuity - A Conservative Way to Give
    Dave McBride recognized instantly that Michigan Tech would be a good fit. "When I went to Tech, I knew right off the bat it was the place...
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  • Rivard - Bargain Sale - Part Gift and Part Sale
    Rivard - Bargain Sale - Part Gift and Part Sale
    Dan Rivard had a couple of distinguished careers at Ford Motor Company. First, he was the process quality overseer when "quality became job one."
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  • Nara - Current Gifts
    Nara - Current Gifts
    If Bob and Ruth Nara were to craft a mission statement, it would read, "Leave the world a better place."
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  • Johnson - Deferred Gift Annuity - Helping Family and Michigan Tech
    Johnson - Deferred Gift Annuity - Helping Family and Michigan Tech
    Edwin "Ned" Johnson "wants to stay close to what's worthwhile," and that includes his family, friends, and his alma mater.
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  • Reddy - An IRA Bequest to Save Taxes
    Reddy - An IRA Bequest to Save Taxes
    Damoder "Pati" Reddy understands better than most the value of education. It was education, made possible by his family's sacrifices...
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  • Drake - Bequest to Create a Lasting Endowment
    Drake - Bequest to Create a Lasting Endowment
    John and Cathi Drake have endowed a professorship in their name within the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics.
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  • Lehman - Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Lehman - Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Don Lehman came to Michigan Tech in 1959 to get an education and play football. He did both, earning MVP honors in 1962 and graduating...
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  • Warren - The Retirement Unitrust
    Warren - The Retirement Unitrust
    Joe Warren remembers Professor Bredekamp's class as if it were yesterday, but that's to be expected, he says.
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Gift Examples

  • Charitable Lead Trust: A Way To Transfer Assets to Children.
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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