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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.

  • Alfred Fettig - Margaret (Beckman) Fettig Scholarship
    Margaret passed away in 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75. She knew the value of education firsthand...
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  • Mark and Kathi Eckerich
    Mark '73 & Kathi '71 met each other as students at Eastern and are still active in campus activities. They feel that Eastern provided them the tools to be successful...
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  • Rebecca P. Cornwall Garcia
    Rebecca P. Cornwall Garcia earned her B.A. in Applied Psychology with minors in both Dance and Communications in 1989 from Eastern Washington University. In her senior year she used...
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  • Betty Bender
    Betty has been a strong supporter of Eastern Washington University Foundation over the years. She has provided funding to the Dr. Robert F Bender scholarship these past 20 years. In addition, she visits the campus many times each year participating in events rooted rich in tradition and is active in supporting EWU Libraries. Her main area of gifting is helping students.
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  • Sally and Thorne Tibbitts
    Sally and Thorne Tibbitts made a decision to include Eastern Athletics in their estate plan in 1995. It wasn't until fall 2002 that they informed Eastern's Athletic Department of their philanthropic intentions. November 2003. Sally and Thorne completed a gift of real estate to the EWU Foundation as a current gift toward the Woodward Field Renovation Project.
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  • Jay Rea
    Jay Rea was the University Archivist and past President of the EWU Retirees Association. He has been a careful saver but like so many, tired of seeing his income decline.
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  • Gordon and Rhoda Budke
    Gordon and Rhoda Budke have been dedicated to the mission of Eastern Washington University since their graduation(s) in the early sixties. Gordon was recently honored for 12 exceptional years of service with the Board of Trustees. He has seen many individuals impacted by the good work of the University.
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  • Raj Joshi
    Raj Joshi ('54 BA Geography) came to America from his native India when he was 15. After living in Washington, D.C, he took Horace Greeley's advice and went west, earning a degree at Eastern, which started him on the road to an influential career in urban planning.
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  • Mabel Linnea Kaiser
    Mabel Linnea Kaiser made a generous gift to Eastern by transferring ownership of a life insurance policy to the EWU Foundation.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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