“I learned firsthand the importance of estate gifts.”
Kari Diamond Kayiatos ’01
Following graduation, Kari Diamond Kayiatos ’01 reflected, “I worked for the Berkshire School and my alma mater, the Loomis Chaffee School. My development office experience demonstrated the importance of all gifts to the organization. Seeing firsthand how estate gifts build the endowment motivated me to include Hamilton as a beneficiary of my retirement plan. It was very easy to do, it saves estate and income taxes, and it can make a significant impact on the College.”
Occasionally, those who work in the alumni office hear that an alumnus/a may think his/her gift isn’t necessary or will not help. That is far from reality. All gifts are important. In order to remain a college of opportunity and ensure the future of need-blind admissions, Hamilton must continue to build the endowment, particularly for scholarship aid. Every current and future student will benefit when an alumna, like Kari Diamond Kayiatos, steps forward with a planned gift commitment. At its core, planned giving is about people and their values, and about preserving those values in perpetuity. The ultimate purposes to which donors direct their gifts are as varied and meaningful as the donors themselves.