Berry Heritage Society
The Berry Heritage Society is an honorary organization recognizing
Berry alumni and friends who believe in the value of a Berry education
and have made provisions in their will or estate plan to help ensure
Berry's future. Membership includes anyone who has made a planned gift
to Berry. The amount of the gift does not have to be made known to
Berry. Gifts of all amounts can be used to make a difference in the
lives of Berry students
and are sincerely appreciated.
Some of the most popular types of planned gifts include:
- Life Income Plans – Creating charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts.
- Bequests – Naming Berry a whole or partial beneficiary of your will.
- Life Insurance – Donating a life insurance policy or naming Berry a whole or partial beneficiary of an insurance policy.
- IRA – Naming Berry a whole or partial beneficiary of an individual retirement account
If you already have named Berry in your estate plan and are not
in the Berry Heritage Society, please contact Helen Lansing at email@example.com or 877-461-0039 (toll free). Thank you!
There are numerous reasons we have the Berry Heritage Society. First
and foremost, by letting us know you have made provisions for Berry with
a planned gift, we are able to thank you for your generosity. Berry
recently received a surprise bequest of $10,000 from the estate of a
woman we had never thanked. Of course, we appreciated the gift
for scholarships, it will certainly help us accomplish our
mission, but we feel somewhat cheated because we never had the
opportunity to express our gratitude to this gracious and generous person. We were
unable to let her know how much her gift would mean. If we had only
known, we could have said, "Thank you."
As a member of the Berry Heritage Society, you will be kept up to date about the latest developments
at Berry. This includes both campus news and news related to
estate planning that may be of interest to members.
Members also receive stewardship invitations to select events
throughout the year here at Berry. These invitations are just a small
way for us to say "Thank you" for your charity.
If you prefer to remain anonymous we will gladly abide by your wish.
You will be listed as "Anonymous" in Berry's annual Honor Roll of Donors.