June 4th, 2015

SarahSarah McPartland-Good
Director of Planned Giving
University of Maine Foundation

I recently received a copy of a University of Maine student’s thank you letter to the family of the donor who had created a scholarship fund through her will. 
The letter states, in part:

“To receive this level of help from a stranger has been overwhelming to say the least. The scholarship funds will go a long way in easing the financial burden on me so that I can concentrate on my studies. More so than that, though, is the intangible support you have given to me. Your gift has shown me that there are other people out there, who believe my personal goal to be a worthy one. That truly means the world to me, especially at a time when I am far from my family and friends trying to make a home and a better future for myself in a new place.”

Letters like this one remind me of the difference that bequests can make in the lives of students. Many students would not be able to graduate without the assistance that comes from the planned gifts that have been endowed with the University of Maine Foundation. Scholarship support is crucial.

Many of our supporters like you have chosen to create a legacy through a bequest, charitable gift annuity or charitable trust to help students to attain their degrees. Our planned giving staff is ready to help you and your advisors to craft language that will create a legacy for you while helping students to achieve their goals in perpetuity. We exist to assure that our donors’ wishes are adhered to and we have a great deal of experience in protecting our donors’ privacy. Contact us today to explore how planned gifts can help both you and University of Maine students to achieve your goals.

For more information on planned and deferred gifts, or Legacy Society membership,
contact our Planned Giving staff at 207.581.5100 or 207.253.5172.