Why I Joined the 1910 Society
Make your impact by exploring one of the many planned giving options.
- Victoria Kerewich Blackford ‘70
- John Grove ‘80
- Elizabeth Haile Hayes ‘71
- Elizabeth Brooke Henry ‘65
- Holly Stevenson Hunt ‘86
- Sherley Osgood Keith ‘67
- Myron Ripley ‘86
- Kem McCoid Roth ‘84
I had a tremendous experience at Belfield through eighth grade and then at St. Anne’s. It was of course academically focused but also strongly included athletics, arts, community service, and spiritual growth not to mention the friendships formed. It is only fitting that I wanted to contribute to the School’s core purpose to inspire and prepare the next generation of exemplary citizens and visionary leaders.
After 25 years, I became re-engaged with St. Anne's-Belfield when I joined their Board. My 12 years on the Board was an education on how incredible the teachers and programs are at our school. Dedication, innovation, curiosity, and teamwork are some of the words that come to mind with respect to the students, faculty, administration, and curriculum.
St. Anne's gave so much to me and I want to return the favor. In addition to supporting the Annual Fund (which is critical for School operations), I have made a commitment to the 1910 Society to ensure that the School continues to offer opportunities to positively change student's lives. I hope that you will think back to your experience at the School and join me in making a commitment to the 1910 Society.
A planned gift will grow over time and make a bigger impact down the road. That said, I am also a member of the Malone Society because it is important to donate annually to show “customer satisfaction” when the School applies for grants.
Consider donating low cost basis stock that you may not want to otherwise sell because of the tax consequences.
Although I always give to the Annual Fund, I wanted to give a gift that would eventually have a larger impact. As the cost of independent schools rise and as teachers prepare their students for jobs that haven’t yet been invented, there is more need than ever to support the financial aid and innovative educational programs that attract talented, deserving students and teachers. I would love to know that my gift played a part in the future of the school I love so dearly.
Planned giving is a deeply personal process, but taking the time to do it before there is some kind of crisis or rush ensures that you can direct funds where you most want them to go. I discussed my planned gift with my family, added a codicil to my will, and notified STAB that I had included the school in my estate plans. It was painless – and joyful!
I would say think about what the community of Charlottesville would be like without St. Anne’s-Belfield School. It seems impossible, but in this world there are no certainties. With that in mind, why not make a decision to “guarantee” a grand future for such a phenomenal place? For me, it wasn’t a hard decision. In fact, it was actually quite easy. I did it while relatively young so that as time passed, I knew that at least part of my legacy story could be written by me without any pressure. It also allowed me to have those conversations with my financial advisor and estate attorney to set the pathway in place that would ultimately allow me to “pay back” the School for everything it gave me. By doing this, the School can also make informed decisions about the future of St. Anne’s-Belfield.