In recognition of the importance of the 50th Reunion, Hamilton has established a new policy for counting reunion gifts. Starting after your 45th year and continuing through your 50th, every contribution you make to Hamilton — plus any multi-year pledges committed by June 30 of your 50th year — will count in the five-year reunion gift total for your class.
Who Tells Your Story?
Marsha and I endowed a scholarship for my 50th reunion. Our daughter Bevin ’07 and son-in-law Ned Gilliss ’08 will grow the fund, making Hamilton an even more important part of their story as it has always been part of ours.
“What makes Hamilton special is the people,” Steve explains, “the students and the faculty who inspired me. Ultimately, by the time I left, learning became a joy to me.” Perhaps it was this educational experience that would later persuade Steve to change his career focus from business to academia. He first earned a master’s degree in economics before teaching at Suffolk Community College, where he’s been for 45 years.
It was important to Steve to give back to the College, but he thought making a substantial contribution was beyond his reach. “I wished I could do more. I placed myself in the category of people who could not give enough to endow a scholarship fund.”
That changed as Steve, Class of 1969, approached his 50th reunion. Matching funds offered by a classmate encouraged him to increase his annual giving and include the College as a partial beneficiary of his IRA. Suddenly, establishing a scholarship was a reality. Furthermore, Steve and his wife Marsha saw an opportunity to make it a joint effort with the other Hamilton alumni in the family, their daughter and son-in-law, Bevin Kenny ’07 and Ned Gilliss ’08.
When Steve suggested the idea of creating a Kenny-Gilliss Scholarship, Bevin and Ned eagerly agreed. Their giving accelerates the accumulation of funds necessary to activate the scholarship and benefit students, and, adds Steve, “Ned and Bevin can continue to grow the fund throughout their lives, making Hamilton an even more important part of their family story, just as it has always been part of ours.”
Steve and Marsha’s story will continue to be told through the Kenny-Gilliss Scholarship, for future generations of Hamilton students, and future generations of their family. “It’s a legacy we are thrilled to have put in place for our daughter’s present and future family.” Steve hopes he can inspire other alumni to “think beyond their present means” and start a conversation with Hamilton about using creative lifetime and planned giving options that will benefit students in perpetuity.
Planned Giving — Types of Gifts
There are many ways to plan a gift, each with benefits such as immediate income tax deductions, transfer tax savings, lifetime income — and some with all three.
Hamilton has a long-standing history of benefiting from estate and life payment gifts. Thoughtful alumni, parents, and friends who remember Hamilton in their estate plans, including retirement plan beneficiary designations, or complete planned gifts are recognized and honored as Joel Bristol Associates.
Because Hamilton [Endures]
The Board of Trustees has authorized including future estate gifts in the Because Hamilton campaign as a separate subtotal, for individuals 70 years of age and older. This change, consistent with national standards, allows Hamilton to record, as well as recognize, the bequest intentions of donors during their lifetimes. If you’ve made Hamilton College a beneficiary, please let us know by sending us a memorandum of understanding (PDF).