State Your Belief in Higher Education
Now is the time to define important causes in your life, and begin to craft a philanthropic plan that reflects your values. For example, you may feel that higher education is critical to the future of our society or you may wish to say “thank you” for how Clarkson prepared you to meet the diverse challenges that lie ahead.
Maggie Mae (Lander) ’06 and Ryan ’06 Joy have supported their belief in higher education since graduation. In addition to being annual Clarkson Fund donors at the Roundtable level, they are admission volunteers, student mentors, hiring representatives, and members of the Annie Clarkson Society.  “Clarkson alumni play a meaningful role in the success of our alma mater and they recognize that their accomplishments are a direct result of the education they received,” said Maggie.Right now, you might consider the size of your gift to be modest, but the impact of your intention is enormous. Even at this age, there are steps you can take to define the values of your existence, and how you wish to make a difference in the lives of others:

A good habit – Become an annual Roundtable donor to The Clarkson Fund. Gifts of all sizes help Clarkson provide a quality education to students each year. And it’s easy to make a gift online.  Take the Reh Challenge with a four-year pledge.

A “no-brainer”  – You can double or even triple the amount and impact of your gift if your employer offers a matching gift program. It’s a simple process that can make a big difference.

Share Clarkson – You can make a direct impact on a student with a four-year pledge to a share Clarkson Scholarship.

A gift of time – Become a student mentor, network with your regional alumni chapter, tell us if you’d like to help with alumni activities in underrepresented regions. Become a Notable Knight.  Your time is valuable to Clarkson; become an alumni volunteer.

A small percentage – Join the Annie Clarkson Society and name Clarkson as a percentage beneficiary of your retirement plan. Even a small percentage will make a difference for future students.

A smart choice – Do you have a life insurance policy from childhood, or coverage from your employer? Naming Clarkson as a percentage beneficiary on a life insurance policy is a statement of the importance of higher education.

A simple gift – A bequest to Clarkson in your will may name a specific dollar amount, a percentage, or the remainder of your estate. The size is not important; making a statement about the value of higher education is.

What? You don’t have a will? Every adult should have a will; it is the basis for a sound estate plan. Request our Estate Planning Organizer.

Would you like help organizing and defining your philanthropy? Request our Philanthropic Planner.

Your plan for Clarkson’s future may make you a member of the Annie Clarkson Society.

Review Anniversary Reunion Year Gift Counting Guidelines.

Your gifts may count in Clarkson fundraising campaigns, in your next anniversary reunion, and towards Roundtable annual recognition. Contact the Annie Clarkson Society for help making the most of your gifts to Clarkson.

This web page does not provide legal or financial advice, nor is it a comprehensive review of the topic. You should consult your legal and financial advisors and Clarkson University before making or planning your gift. (rev. 9/2017)