Center for Charitable Estate Planning

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Paul SummittPaul Summitt
    Paul Summitt, former resident of Searcy, Arkansas, and graduate of Harding College in 1961, honored his parents...

  • Paying It ForwardPaying It Forward
    Account balance: $80. Staring at their dwindling checking account, Jody and Louise Venkatesan found themselves financially...

  • Helping Students Seek TruthHelping Students Seek Truth
    When two Bible salesmen visited Huntington, W.Va., during the summer of 1949, they had no idea their efforts would come...

  • Seeking Divine Intervention in PhilanthropySeeking Divine Intervention in Philanthropy
    When Topper and Carole Long of Gallatin, Tenn., say their stewardship to Harding is led by God, it is not just a trite statement.

  • A Family TraditionA Family Tradition
    Family traditions - customs passed down from generation to generation - include special ways to celebrate and mark...

  • Investing in The FutureInvesting in The Future
    "Louie's Kids" could easily be the title of the latest television sitcom or a Saturday morning cartoon show for toddlers.

  • Roberta Cohea: A Legacy of GivingRoberta Cohea: A Legacy of Giving
    For Roberta Cohea, living life to the fullest meant living modestly so all she left behind could bless someone else.

  • Sacrifice Brings FulfillmentSacrifice Brings Fulfillment
    Dr. Dick Burt Understands these are tough economic times but, like many of his and previous generations, has witnessed worse...

Gift Examples

*Please note: The names and images below are representative of typical donors and may not be actual donors to Harding.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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