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 ability to cater an education to a student made her non-traditional circumstances a non-issue. "I was able to get the education I needed at Nichols in order to advance in my career. Their evening division back in the late '70s and early '80s was convenient for me, and spot on with the courses required," offers Alice. And it is because of Nichols College's willingness and ability to work with students to achieve their utmost potential that alumnae like Alice feel compelled to "give back." "They helped me when I needed it and now I feel it is my turn to help the College and its students."
That includes helping Nichols through planned giving. "In 2008 when I redid my will I made provisions for Nichols," reports Alice. "At one of the social events, Henri David [Conrad Society chair] and I were talking and he mentioned the opportunity [to make a planned gift to Nichols]. I informed him that I had already made provisions in my will for the College." In describing her reasons for making a bequest to Nichols, Alice says, "It is a personal feeling of being able to give back and knowing that in my small way I have helped the College and its future students." The benefits are mutually beneficial. Thanks to the generosity of donors, says Alice, Nichols is "on a strong financial footing and is able to grow, maintain the campus and attract qualified staff. Nichols' success will then benefit the alumni whose degrees become more valuable. It also allows the College to attract great students. It is a 'win-win' situation."
What would Alice recommend to other alumni and friends who are thinking about their philanthropic endeavors with Nichols? "Giving is a personal thing. It is difficult for the young professionals - raising a family, mortgage payment, saving for retirement, possible student loans, etc.," she says. "My philosophy has been to give what you can when you can and as the situation changes reconsider your options. What doesn't work for you today, may work at some time in the future. Keep Nichols on your radar."