|Bequests & Wills|
Geneva College is grateful for the alumni, faculty and friends who have remembered the College in their estate plans. For nearly two centuries, these gifts have been pivotal in helping Geneva sustain a Christ-centered academic community providing a comprehensive education to equip generations of students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.
When you make a will or trust, you are constructing your final act of stewardship. Not only does your will enable you to safeguard and protect those closest to you, but it allows you to continue to support the work of Christian mission beyond your lifetime, giving to God a portion of that which He has allowed you to accumulate during life.
Carolyn (Metcalfe '62) MollenkopfCarolyn didn’t originally intend on attending Geneva College, but she’s certainly glad she did. Though she initially had different plans, when she came to visit she realized, “Oh! I like it here! I had a wonderful time and felt very comfortable on campus.”
Following her time at Geneva, Carolyn received advanced degrees from three different colleges. But the connection just wasn’t the same. “I never felt that any of those schools was my school,” she explains. “My heart has always been with Geneva.”
And her heart led her to reconnect with the Geneva community in a big way. She attends women’s volleyball and football games often and loves to chaperone for the Genevans and New Song music ministry tours. As the daughter of an engineer and mother of two more, she also supports student engineering competition teams. In addition, she is an active member of the Alumni Council.
“The rewards that I have received as a result of being able to give to Geneva, both in time and financially, have been much greater than my giving,” says Carolyn. “Being involved with the students has been very rewarding and great fun.”
Carolyn has also made a long-term commitment to support Christian education by including Geneva in her will. “Planned Giving is a way to insure that my wishes and beliefs about giving back the blessings that God has provided are shared as I would desire, and provides another way to share in the future of Geneva College.”
For more information about how you, too, can help today’s students through planned giving, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724.847.6614.
Sample bequest language:
A bequest can be stated in terms of a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction or balance of your estate:
1. Bequest of cash
"I give and bequeath the sum of $______ to Geneva College of Beaver Falls, PA or its successor."
2. Bequest of a percent of the estate
“I give and bequeath ____% of my estate to Geneva College of Beaver Falls, PA or its successor.”
3. Remainder Bequest
“I give the rest, remainder and residue of my estate to Geneva College of Beaver Falls, PA or its successor.”
4. Contingent Bequest
"I give to my sister Jane Jones the sum of $____, but in the event she predeceases me then I direct that this sum be paid to Geneva College of Beaver Falls, PA or its successor.”
Because bequests of all sizes are important to the mission of the College, we welcome all who have included Geneva College in their estate plans to join The Heritage Society.
Whether you are in the process of reviewing and updating your current estate plan or making your very first will, our office is ready to assist your legal and financial professionals to ensure that your charitable goals are met. It is possible to designate your bequest for a specific purpose, but please remember that an unrestricted gift allows Geneva the greatest flexibility in meeting the immediate needs of the College. Please discuss your restricted gift plans with our office in advance to make sure the College can fulfill your wishes.
For assistance, please contact Geneva’s Planned Giving Officer at email@example.com or 724-847-6614.
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