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Donor and Student Stories

Donor Stories

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

  • God, my life is yours – what do you want me to do?
    God, my life is yours – what do you want me to do?
    Three years ago Nick Wanovich didn't know that Adventist schools even existed. A track and field athlete, Nick was enrolled...
  • Southern Hospitality
    Southern Hospitality
    Forrest and Norma (Meyer) Fuller met while they were students at Southern Adventist University in the late '40s...
  • Equipped to Reach Others
    Equipped to Reach Others
    When Samya decided to choose Southern Adventist University to study nursing, she knew that paying for her tuition...
  • God Provides a Way
    God 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.
  • Estate Planning Made Easy
    Estate Planning Made Easy
    Philip and Sherilyn Samaan were thrilled to learn that they could easily begin their estate planning process by meeting with...
  • Pay It Forward
    Pay It Forward
    After receiving some unexpected funds, Karin Covi, MD, '81 felt called to follow the words written in Galatians 6:10...
  • Retired Nurse Shares Her Legacy with Nursing Students at Southern
    Retired Nurse Shares Her Legacy with Nursing Students at Southern
    Louise, an Atlantic Union College nursing graduate, wanted to continue her legacy of giving...
  • Family Values Honored
    Family Values Honored
    John Cowan and Edna Fender’s relationship blossomed from friendship to marriage after Edna, a trained nurses aide...
  • A Gift That Keeps on Giving
    A 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.
  • Bloom Where You Are Planted
    Bloom 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...
  • Gift of Real Estate Continues Family Legacy
    Gift 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.
  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Trust
    Testamentary 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...
  • Tax-Wise Gift
    Tax-Wise Gift
    Tim Bainum looks back at his degree in biology from Southern Adventist University, then called Southern Missionary College...
  • Charitable Gift Annuity: A Win-Win Opportunity
    Charitable Gift Annuity: A Win-Win Opportunity
    Ruben and Delpha Lopez met as students at Southern Missionary College, now known as Southern Adventist University.
  • What Kind of Legacy Would You Like to Leave for Future Generations?
    What Kind of Legacy Would You Like to Leave for Future Generations?
    A friend of Southern Adventist University, who anonymously submitted this piece, first encountered this question many years ago. Here is her experience:
  • Every Day is a Gift From God
    Every Day is a Gift From God
    "Graduating from Southern Adventist University in May of 1979 was one of the most exciting and humbling days of my life."
  • Endowed Scholarships: Leaving a Lasting Legacy
    Endowed Scholarships: Leaving a Lasting Legacy
    Our Southern experience began when David was a student in the '70s and the school was known as Southern Missionary College.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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