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Donor/Student Stories

Learn how others are making an impact through their acts of generosity.

  • Equipped to Reach OthersEquipped to Reach Others
    When Samya decided to choose Southern Adventist University to study nursing, she knew that paying for her tuition would be her sole responsibility—well...
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  • God Provides a WayGod Provides a Way
    For Sarah, coming to Southern Adventist University to study nursing was without a doubt a God ordained affair. "I have experienced blessing upon blessing. Each time that...
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  • Legacy Society Members HonoredLegacy Society Members Honored
    March 28 marked the 5th Annual Legacy Society Recognition Banquet at Southern Adventist University. Legacy Society members, special guests, and students enjoyed...
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  • Estate Planning Made EasyEstate Planning Made Easy
    Philip and Sherilyn Samaan were thrilled to learn that they could easily begin their estate planning process by meeting with certified Planned Giving personnel right on the campus of Southern Adventist University.
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  • Pay It ForwardPay It Forward
    After receiving some unexpected funds, Karin Covi, MD, '81 felt called to follow the words written in Galatians 6:10: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good."
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  • Retired Nurse Shares Her Legacy with Nursing Students at SouthernRetired Nurse Shares Her Legacy with Nursing Students at Southern
    Louise, an Atlantic Union College nursing graduate, wanted to continue her legacy of giving after discovering that her alma mater was no longer in operation.
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  • Love for MusicLove for Music
    When Elmer and Sarah Jordan decided to share their legacy with Southern Adventist University School of Music, they had no way of knowing at the time how their generosity would impact a young musician named Ethan McGrath.
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  • Family Values HonoredFamily Values Honored
    John Cowan and Edna Fender’s relationship blossomed from friendship to marriage after Edna, a trained nurses aide, accepted John’s request to care for his ailing mother, Jenny Cowan.
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  • A Gift That Keeps on GivingA Gift That Keeps on Giving
    When Frances Andrews retired from teaching journalism at Southern in 1987, she received a parting gift of $500 from her students and colleagues. Immediately, she knew what she wanted to do with the money.
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  • Bloom Where You Are PlantedBloom Where You Are Planted
    While Jack was serving as a pastor in California and Marion as office secretary, he received several calls to teach religion, which included an invitation from Southern Adventist University.
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  • Gift of Real Estate Continues Family LegacyGift of Real Estate Continues Family Legacy
    Philip Sue’s parents wanted to live where they and their three children could receive a Christian education, so they moved to Collegedale in 1952.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder TrustTestamentary Charitable Remainder Trust
    As an only child with no children of her own, Maurine did not have any family members who attended Southern Adventist University, but through the years she generously supported students from the local church school and academy.
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  • Tax-Wise GiftTax-Wise Gift
    Tim Bainum looks back at his degree in biology from Southern Adventist University, then called Southern Missionary College, as excellent preparation for a career in medicine.
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity – Win-Win OpportunityCharitable Gift Annuity – Win-Win Opportunity
    Ruben and Delpha Lopez met as students at Southern Missionary College, now known as Southern Adventist University.
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Gift Examples

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their children. After her spouse passed, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her home.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • 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.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased a home many years ago for $80,000. The home has appreciated substantially over the years and is now worth $420,000.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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