Your act of generosity,
our longevity

With planned giving, you can provide long-lasting support for Worcester Polytechnic Institute while enjoying financial benefits for yourself

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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.

  • A Legacy in the Arts and Student Support
    A Legacy in the Arts and Student Support
    J. Richard Weiss '42 was a dedicated and generous alumnus. Dorothy, his wife, continued his philanthropic legacy through planned giving.
  • Advancing WPI's Facilities
    Advancing WPI's Facilities
    Judy Nitsch '75 is well known in the WPI community for her distinguished career in civil engineering and her reputation for giving back.
  • Faculty Member Gives Back
    Faculty Member Gives Back
    Pam Weathers has invested more than 30 years as a professor at WPI, helping to establish the university's bioprocessing curriculum and leading WPI's Interdisciplinary Plant Research.
  • Ensuring a WPI Education for Future Generations
    Ensuring a WPI Education for Future Generations
    For Laura Amodeo '06, joining the Alden Society is about ensuring other students benefit from a WPI education the way she did.
  • Planned Gifts: A Win-Win Situation
    Planned Gifts: A Win-Win Situation
    Lawrence D'Addario '90 has fond memories of WPI and remains friends with the group of fellow students he met as a freshmen.
  • Bow Ties and Beanies
    Bow Ties and Beanies
    When Tom Newman '64 was weighing acceptances to universities like MIT, RPI, UConn, and WPI, it was WPI's personal touch that welcomed him most.
  • A Worcester Patriot
    A Worcester Patriot
    Cannons were firing on all sides as Lembit (Hans) Laasberg and his wife, Irene, fled their native Estonia in 1943 in a small boat at night during World War II.

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
  • 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 and built a sizable portfolio.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had 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. The company has done well.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
  • 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 a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family 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.