Note from Rob Eccles
Assistant Dean for Development
As we leave the holidays behind and begin the (fully remote) spring semester, I hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. While to say the first few weeks of 2021 have been eventful would be an understatement, we are hopeful that as the year progresses it brings with it a return to normalcy.
The year 2020 was a complex and difficult one for fundraising organizations but nonprofits across the country report some bright spots as well. People remain charitable. Donors have stepped up support for the organizations most important to them. The uncertainty of the pandemic, coupled with societal and political unrest, has prompted many to think—and start making decisions—about their estates and the philanthropic legacies they wish to leave. In many cases, that includes making a charitable bequest.
Here at SC&I, the last quarter of the year saw a number of donors reaching out to learn more about including the school in their estate plans. Others contacted us simply to let us know that they already have provisions in their wills specifying gifts to SC&I. We are grateful for the opportunity to have these conversations, and we sincerely thank these donors, not only for supporting the school and our students in this special way, but for letting us know about it.
Planned gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and often a bequest is the largest and most impactful gift a donor will ever make. If you have been considering your estate plans and would like to learn about supporting the school and our students through a bequest, we would love to hear from you. For now, please read the story below detailing the estate gift of John and Rosemary Little. We honor them posthumously for their very generous support