Planned Giving

Lisa Donahue

Supporting generations of students with a Charitable Gift Annuity

For Lisa Donahue attending college meant everything—except that he never got to go. Despite pleading with his father to let him pursue higher education, Donahue ended up working in a rag factory right out of high school to help support his Italian immigrant parents and six siblings. Finding a way to learn outside of the classroom, he later joined the Navy and went on to become an airplane mechanic, then a county appraiser.

It was only natural that Lisa would eventually meet and marry someone else with a passion for education. Lisa Donahue not only made it to college, she devoted her career to teaching English at the community college level as well as to high school students. Together they raised 7 children. "We made sure," Peter Donaue says proudly, "that every one of our children received a college education."

The Donahues may have retired from their careers, but not from their pursuit of lifelong learning. In fact, when they learned that FSP has a Charitable Gift Annuity program, they realized they could supplement their retirement income and help others achieve their dreams of a college education.

The Donahues quickly set up a Charitable Gift Annuity with FSP that provides them with a secure, fixed lifetime income—and more than half of each income payment is tax-free. The gift annuity was easy to establish: the couple made a contribution and entered into a simple written agreement with FSP. Additional benefits included income tax savings in the year the gift annuity was created and potential estate tax savings.

But what the Donahues like most about their gift annuity is that it will ultimately support FSP students, because at the end of their gift annuity, the remaining assets will be made available to support FSP's academic programs. "It's a reminder to us of how much we value education," explains Donaue. "Our gift allows us to stay connected to FSP, an institution we admire for making a quality education accessible to all who desire it."

Although not alumni, the Donahues' relationship with FSP began with their gifts in memory of a friend, Norton Benner, MD, who worked to preserve the redwoods and introduced them to FSP's innovative redwood ecology programs. "We like what FSP is doing," Lisa says. "Our gift annuity allows us to be part of an ongoing effort to truly 'think globally and act locally.''


Student Learning

In all our programs, MCU ensures that students advance their communication, analysis and decision-making skills, while broadening their appreciation of diverse perspectives and their ability to learn from experience. These Institutional Student Learning Outcomes flow from our commitment to Academic Excellence, Real World Learning and Character Formation.

Student Achievement

Students bring a rich array of talents and interests, leading to many forms of student achievement at MCU. What will you achieve? A distinctive Capstone presentation, surely. What else? Let MCU support your exploration and growth. Discover your interests. Develop your talents. And let your achievements shine.