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Donor Stories

  • Betsy Balzano: Grants Lead to a Rewarding Life
    Betsy Balzano: Grants Lead to a Rewarding Life
    When Betsy Balzano, PhD, accepted a position teaching science education at SUNY Brockport in 1971, she and her husband were looking forward to...
  • Planned Gift Credits SUNY Brockport with Donor's Experiences
    Planned Gift Credits SUNY Brockport with Donor's Experiences
    For most of his life, Dr. Arnold Spinner '57 has served as an educator, serving primarily in high schools, and on college campuses. He appreciates his many varied experiences...
  • Planned Gift Continues Student Support
    Planned Gift Continues Student Support
    During the 50-plus years Emeritus Professor Dr. Richard and Mrs. Joan '78 Fenton have been part of the SUNY Brockport community, they have treasured their interactions with students.
  • Giving Back: One Gift at a Time
    Giving Back: One Gift at a Time
    Michael Arena ’04 is expert in helping others. It’s been the focus of his career and a priority away from work.
  • Preserving Our Past
    Preserving Our Past
    She has the unique distinction of having earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brockport as well as having forged a long and successful career at the College.
  • Patrick Madama Helps Students Fulfill Dreams With Full-Tuition Scholarship
    Patrick Madama Helps Students Fulfill Dreams With Full-Tuition Scholarship
    For the past three years, Patrick Madama ’77/’87 has been the vice president for institutional advancement at Middlesex County College in New Jersey.
  • Alumna Creates Scholarship for Future Teachers
    Alumna Creates Scholarship for Future Teachers
    It’s been 50 years since The College at Brockport first started making an impact on Susan Maloney ’67. Whether it was her first visit to campus in the summer of 1962...
  • Becky Smith ’64/’72 to Endow Health Education Lecture Series
    Becky Smith ’64/’72 to Endow Health Education Lecture Series
    Her contributions to the health education profession are immeasurable. Since graduating from Brockport some four decades ago, Becky Smith ’64/’72 has dedicated her life...
  • In the Right Place at the Right Time
    In the Right Place at the Right Time
    Joseph "Joe" Bellanca '59/'82 always had a knack for being in the right place at the right time: working toward his academic goals at The College at Brockport...
  • Supporting Student Success
    Supporting Student Success
    Melissa Brown, PhD, came to The College at Brockport in 1993 to serve as assistant professor of psychology and recently completed a six-year term as chair of the department.
  • Elaine Leshnower Makes Planned Gift to Support Student Scholarship
    Elaine Leshnower Makes Planned Gift to Support Student Scholarship
    Elaine Leshnower '61/'98, a longtime volunteer for the College and Brockport Alumni Association board member, has enjoyed a career in a variety of professions...

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "Have your cake and eat it too." It's something we say when we can have more than one good thing at the same time.
  • A Blended Gift to Reach a Goal
    Jay wanted to support one of our priorities at a significant level–$100,000. However, he was only willing to give $25,000 in cash gifts that year.