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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Charitable Bequest
    William E. ("Bill") Minsker, a life-long resident of Linglestown (Dauphin County), Pennsylvania, graduated from Shippensburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education (1968) and a Master in Education degree (1973).
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    The late Robert "Tiny" Adams, Shippensburg University football's legend from the 1950's Rambo Raiders glory days, gave his all for Coach Vinton "Vint" Rambo.
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  • Gifts of Insurance
    Time, talent, and treasure define this couple's relationship with the Shippensburg University Foundation and Shippensburg University.
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  • Gift of Insurance
    Education was always a priority in Linda Gatchel's family. From an early age, she was encouraged and expected to study hard in all disciplines.
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    Wayne Mowrey joined the Music Department faculty at Shippensburg University more than five decades ago when it was Shippensburg State Teachers College, but his relationship with the school began before he became a professor.
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    Since graduating from Shippensburg State College in 1961, Anne Sohland Richards has had a full life filled with a loving family and a successful career.
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  • Gifts of Life Insurance
    As a member of the Shippensburg University's College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Tim Smith '91 was delighted when Dr. James Mike, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, began discussing the creation of an engineering program.
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  • Charitable Lead Trust
    Elizabeth Ann Angle Freeland's connection with Shippensburg University spans over 68 years. It began when she earned a teaching degree from Shippensburg State Teachers College in 1945.
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  • Deferred Education Gift Annuities
    For Ralph W. Miller '60 and Dorothy Mock Miller '53, their family legacy is education and teaching. Both Ralph and Dot taught in the West Shore and Mechanicsburg school districts.
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  • Retirement Plans
    "Shippensburg changed my life," explains Shirley Sebright Byers-Gingrich '60 when asked about her motivation to include the SU Foundation as a beneficiary of her individual retirement account (IRA).
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  • Charitable Bequests
    As a transfer student, Mike Pinkowicz '76 didn't spend all four years at Shippensburg, but the time there influenced his life dramatically.
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  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    From kindergarten to high school, Darby Muggio '60 was inspired by teachers. So it is no surprise that when she headed off to college, the first in her family to do so, she studied to be one.
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  • Part Cash Part Annuity
    Sometime in college, Jane Ehemann decided teaching geography was the best thing for her. During her 25-year career, Jane taught graduate and undergraduate courses that covered topics like world...
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  • Gift of Insurance
    They met at a Stew Hall dance in September 1963. Later they kissed under the old walnut tree. For Clyde and Carol Cressler, this was the beginning of their wonderful life together-and their on-going relationship with Shippensburg University.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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