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Our Donor Gift Examples

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to the academies and others.

  • Asad MadniAsad Madni
    Before his first annual meeting ended, Asad Madni (2011) knew that the National Academy of Engineering represented his family's philanthropic values.

  • Doing Doing "Something Bigger" for the NAE
    Daniel Berg (NAE '76) has long been an active member and generous supporter of the National Academy of Engineering.

  • A Quiet Gift With Big ImpactA Quiet Gift With Big Impact
    Bill Lang (NAE '78) was not one to back away from complicated challenges.

  • Investing in ImpactInvesting in Impact
    If anyone knows the importance of impact, it's Ken Shine. As president of the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) from 1992...

  • Years of Rewarding ServiceYears of Rewarding Service
    Andreas Acrivos (NAE-1977, NAS-1991) has long been an active member of both the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences...

  • A Bequest for a Better FutureA Bequest for a Better Future
    Although many of their peers have long since retired, both Robert Briskman (NAE, 2014) and his wife, Lenore, are still hard at work.

  • Bequest Supporting the MissionBequest Supporting the Mission
    National Academy of Engineering members Corale (1999) and Jim (2002) Brierley consider their involvement in the NAE and the National Research Council one of the most important aspects of their lives.

  • Deferred Charitable Gift AnnuityDeferred Charitable Gift Annuity
    Ellis Cowling has been an active member of NAS for more than half of his life, serving for many years on both the NAS Council and the Committee for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy.

  • Bequest of Retirement Plan AssetsBequest of Retirement Plan Assets
    Jim Reisa's Generous Gift to Support the Work of the Academies Adds to His Legacy

  • A Bequest to Further Important WorkA Bequest to Further Important Work
    Van C. Mow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1991) and the National Academy of Medicine.

  • Couple Supports NAM Dissemination EffortsCouple Supports NAM Dissemination Efforts
    They've been married for 19 years, but Rosemary A. Stevens, Ph.D., ('73) and Jack Barchas, M.D., ('81) have been members of the National Academy of Medicine, even longer.

Other Gift Examples

  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.

  • 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.

  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.

  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both 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. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their childrens' future.

  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "Have your cake and eat it too." It's something we say when we can have more than one good thing at the same time.