The Colonel Conrad Society

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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

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

  • Professor Rick Hilliard, a Lesson in GivingProfessor Rick Hilliard, a Lesson in Giving
    "Think of what it must be like to look forward to going to work every day for almost 30 years," muses Rick Hilliard...
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  • Don MacQuarrie '69 - A Track Record of GivingDon MacQuarrie '69 - A Track Record of Giving
    Like many Nichols alumni, Don MacQuarrie's fondest memories of his collegiate experience are centered on athletics. MacQuarrie came back to campus on September 19, 2015...
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  • David Hale '75David Hale '75
    When David Hale '75 first learned of the new Nichols gift annuity program, he saw it as an opportunity to contribute to Nichols in a significant way.
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  • Marty '78 and Shelly PowerMarty '78 and Shelly Power
    As a teenager in the early 1970s in Southbridge, Mass., Marty Power '78 was recruited by a local businessman...
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  • Lee McNelly '69Lee McNelly '69
    "I am grateful to Nichols for accepting me when I was an average student," explains Conrad Society member Lee McNelly '69. ?While I was enrolled, one...
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  • Alice Belden '85 MBA '92Alice Belden '85 MBA '92
    Alice Belden '85 MBA '92 was an atypical Nichols College undergrad (a woman, attending evening classes, part- time) in the late '70s and early '80s; but Nichols' unique...
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  • Henri M. David, Jr.,'64 DBA (Hon.) '09Henri M. David, Jr.,'64 DBA (Hon.) '09
    "I had arrived at a point in my life where I felt I had been fortunate to have had a successful career." Henri M. David, Jr. '64 DBA (Hon.) '09 and Conrad Society chair, uses those words...
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  • David Bedard '86 & Ellen Bedard '87, A Bison Love StoryDavid Bedard '86 & Ellen Bedard '87, A Bison Love Story
    "I wanted a small business school, so Nichols was definitely in the running," Ellen says, then admits, "But I had my heart set on going to Bryant..."
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Gift Examples

  • BequestsBequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • Tax-Free SaleTax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
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  • Capital Gains Tax BypassedCapital 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 and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Endowment GiftEndowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and UnitrustSale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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  • The Retirement UnitrustThe Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • Property Turns Into IncomeProperty Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Part Gift and Part SalePart Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current GiftsCurrent Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good WorkA 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.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?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.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real EstateGift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save TaxesA 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, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
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  • Leading for the FutureLeading for the Future
    Luke and Cynthia spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice TrustGive it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future Providing for Our Children's Future
    Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust:  Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.
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