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Donor and Impact Stories

Donor Stories

  • Planning for the Future: Special Needs Trusts
    Planning for the Future: Special Needs Trusts
    Living "in the moment" may be a mantra of parents of special needs children. Often overwhelmed by day-to-day decisions and activities, parents may feel intimidated when thinking about...
  • Meeting Our Unique Transportation Needs
    Meeting Our Unique Transportation Needs
    Generous gifts from a Maryland couple help meet the transportation needs of students and adults in our care. Paul and Holly Fine of Easton, MD donated a wheelchair-accessible van and a...
  • Timothy
    It's every grandmother's wish-to see her grandchild happy and content. This was not always the case for one of our donors, Bette Kenzie, whose grandson Timothy...
  • A Father's Love ... a lasting legacy
    A Father's Love ... a lasting legacy
    A father's love can go beyond what he ever imagined he could feel for his child. This was the case for James "Jim" Colburn, whose son, Joey, was born...

Impact Stories

  • Benedictine School Takes An Entrepreneurial Approach To Learning
    Benedictine School Takes An Entrepreneurial Approach To Learning
    Walking through the Benedictine School, you are likely to see Tai Chi being practiced, juggling instruction, iPads being used to communicate, and students working in the Healthy Way Café...
  • Opening Doors to the Business World
    Opening Doors to the Business World
    In October 2020, Benedictine celebrated the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. "Dignity of Work", one of Benedictine's core values, has been a cornerstone of our...
  • Benedictine's Healing Touch
    Benedictine's Healing Touch
    Hearing the words, "We can help him" still gives Kim Miranda chills when she recalls first bringing her son, Luke, who was then five years old, to the Benedictine School.
  • Adult Services Program Addresses Cycle Of Life
    Adult Services Program Addresses Cycle Of Life
    A traditional rite of passage upon reaching adulthood is leaving home and living independently, but this transition can be challenging for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • More Than A Love Of Motorcycles And Cars
    More Than A Love Of Motorcycles And Cars
    Spud Blake has a heart for Benedictine. A retired deputy chief of police for the Prince George's County Police Department and former chief of staff for the Maryland State Police, Spud founded...
  • The Bond Between Two Sisters
    The Bond Between Two Sisters
    The love between Caila and Ashley Heffernan is like that of any sisters. They love to hang out together and take selfies together. When Ashley decided she wanted to run in the November 2015...
  • Partnership with Neumann University Grows Future Teachers
    Partnership with Neumann University Grows Future Teachers
    Neumann University, located just south of Philadelphia, is a private Catholic co-educational university based on the Franciscan tradition. Historically, Neumann placed its education majors at...

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 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.
  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their childrens' future.