April 11th, 2017


Dan Willett ’69, ’70G in the Foster Board Room, Buchanan Alumni House

As Associate Director of Planned Giving, Dan Willett has helped hundreds of UMaine alumni and friends set up planned gifts through the University of Maine Foundation. He is highly visible as a leader in the southern Maine business community as a result of his service on the board of Gorham Savings Bank, attendance at Eggs and Issues breakfasts, and other forms of community involvement. A UMaine alumnus, Dan is often seen cheering on the Black Bears and attending Reunion, Homecoming and Southern Maine Executive Club (SMECUM) events. He has also been an active volunteer for his class and on the University of Maine Alumni Association’s board and the Alumni Board of
Southern Maine.

While many donors turn to Dan for help with their giving, they may not be aware that he has distinguished himself as a generous philanthropist. Dan has made gifts to UMaine for more than 40 consecutive years. His most recent gift to the University of Maine Foundation was a charitable gift annuity to increase the scholarship support for undergraduates through the Willett Family Fund. Dan is not the only one in his family working on behalf of his alma mater; other relatives including both parents, have
also worked for the university. Together, Dan’s relatives represent 125 years of service
to UMaine.

Dan is one of 221 donors who have earned the “Triple Crown” of support through their significant annual, major and planned gifts. Holders of the Triple Crown are members of the President’s Club, Stillwater Society, and Charles F. Allen Legacy Society.

“The university has been good to me and my family,” Dan says. “I grew up in Orono and started working on campus as a kid. I also had a great experience here as a student. Deans (Stan) Devino, (Joseph) Murray and (John) Stewart had a big influence on me.”

Dan is committed to ensuring that UMaine students have the financial support that they need for an optimal experience.

“I think it’s really important that our students have an opportunity to live on campus and connect with their classmates. I missed out because I couldn’t afford it.”

“Dan has been instrumental to our office in Falmouth and the university’s overall presence in southern Maine,” says Jeffery N. Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation. “He is also among our most loyal and sophisticated donors. Dan understands that the charitable gift annuity will benefit his alma mater, while providing him with a tax advantage and lifetime income. It’s a win/win situation and we are most grateful for
his thoughtfulness.”