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Donor Stories

  • The Gehlhausen's Gift
    The Gehlhausen's Gift
    Paul Gehlhausen's professional career has enabled him to travel around the globe, and far too numerous countries to count....
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  • Building a Better Foundation for the Future
    Building a Better Foundation for the Future
    In so many ways, Purdue alumnus Arthur Levin (CE'39) has always kept his eye on the future. His innovative vision is evident in the thousands...
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  • A Legacy of Friendship
    A Legacy of Friendship
    Falling in love. It's magical and elicits a feeling of euphoria. Our heart pounds. We get butterflies in our stomach.
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  • Fred Fields: One Year at Purdue Makes a Difference
    Fred Fields: One Year at Purdue Makes a Difference
    When Fred W. Fields arrived at Purdue in 1946, a great change was sweeping over the campus. That fall, the university's enrollment doubled from the year...
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  • George Thrasher: Embrace Opportunity
    George Thrasher: Embrace Opportunity
    George Thrasher and his brother, Donald, were often lectured by their parents on the opportunities a college education would provide.
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  • Stan and Joyce Seagle: The Start of Something Special
    Stan and Joyce Seagle: The Start of Something Special
    Stan and Joyce Seagle recently looked back on their life together and decided to lend financial support to the places that provided the most significant impact.
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  • Bob and Darleen Nelson: Harvesting an Opportunity
    Bob and Darleen Nelson: Harvesting an Opportunity
    In 1972, Bob and Darleen Nelson purchased 48 acres of timberland in southern Ohio with the idea that it might one day make an ideal location for a secluded...
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  • Bob Shadley: An Engineer from Purdue with a Goal
    Bob Shadley: An Engineer from Purdue with a Goal
    Bob Shadley has always been a goal-oriented individual committed to achieving his objectives, so naturally he took that same approach when developing his...
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  • Jim Blythe: Securing the Legacy of Mr. William F. Rohr
    Jim Blythe: Securing the Legacy of Mr. William F. Rohr
    As a senior at Toledo's Calvin M. Woodward High School in the spring of 1946, Jim Blythe was looking forward to graduation.
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  • Bob and Sally Weist: Memorializing a Mentor
    Bob and Sally Weist: Memorializing a Mentor
    Their shared desire to make a meaningful gift led Bob and Sally Weist to endow a chaired faculty position in the College of Education's Department of Elementary...
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  • Jim and Jean Anne Chaney: CRUT Writes the Perfect Prescription
    Jim and Jean Anne Chaney: CRUT Writes the Perfect Prescription
    Jean Anne (Darr) Chaney always knew she wanted to pursue a career in...
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  • Jack Carter: Securing Peace of Mind
    Jack Carter: Securing Peace of Mind
    Jack Carter can't recall a time in his life when he did not have a dog. From the time he was a young child, his parents were devoted dog owners.
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  • My passion for Purdue: Jan Engelbart and Jerry Mackulak
    My passion for Purdue: Jan Engelbart and Jerry Mackulak
    Jan Engelbart and Jerry Mackulak met in 1979 as teammates on the racquetball court. As members of the Purdue Racquetball Club...
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  • My passion for Purdue: Barbara Dixon
    My passion for Purdue: Barbara Dixon
    Barbara Dixon, associate dean for administration in the College of Liberal Arts, and her husband, Paul, professor of languages and cultures...
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  • My passion for Purdue: Mary Seyfried
    My passion for Purdue: Mary Seyfried
    Mary Seyfried, director of donor services in the University Development Office, has a passion for helping others and for making sure underserved children in...
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  • My passion for Purdue: Pam Dexter
    My passion for Purdue: Pam Dexter
    They may not always be apparent -- the reasons people give -- but they're always personal. For Pam Dexter, director of development in the College of Health and...
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  • ECE Alumnus Gives Back – In A Big Way
    ECE Alumnus Gives Back – In A Big Way
    Having come to Purdue from Glen Ellyn, IL., Wallrodt understands the extra expenses out-of-state-students must bear. So when he decided to fund student...
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Gift Examples

  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were age 55 when they purchased some land outside of town, and they thought it would be a good investment that they could later sell.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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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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  • 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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