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Susan Lovell McLaughlin

Providing 'Lift-Off' for Future Students

Dr. Susan Lovell McLaughlin '62 and her husband, John, are ensuring their support for Scripps continues into the future. More

Jennifer Jackson Werner and Derek Werner

Traveling the World, and Staying Close to Scripps

Back in 1989 the Los Angeles Times published a story about Jennifer Jackson Werner '81 and her husband, Derek. The article focused on the couple's decision to leave behind well-paying jobs and a Newport Beach home for a stint as linguists in the US Army. More

Rita Eidson DeBoer with her mother

Gift Annuity Honors Mother’s Life and Legacy

Rita Eidson DeBoer '75 recently created a deferred charitable gift annuity with Scripps in honor of her mother, Jane. More


Scripps Classmates Team Up to Make Their Next Reunion Memorable

Each spring, class reunions draw Scripps alumnae back to campus to reconnect with friends, visit favorite courtyards and common rooms, and join activities that celebrate what it means to be a Scripps College graduate. More

Tena Kari Mitchell

A Health Coach Gives Back by Paying It Forward

Tena Kari Mitchell '74 speaks directly and from the heart. A teacher for 32 years and now a certified holistic health coach, Kari has dedicated herself to helping others transform their lives through lifestyle choices. And when it comes to Scripps, she sees an opportunity to transform lives by creating opportunities. More

Joanna Hamel Dunklee

A Librarian Becomes a Scripps College Benefactor

The Cambridge Dictionary defines generosity as "a willingness to give help or support, especially more than is usual or expected." It goes on to offer a particular usage: "She is admired for her generosity." More

Elizabeth Cundiff ’84

Giving Back to Scripps (Again and Again!)

There are many ways to give back to Scripps College. One alumna seems determined to try them all. Elizabeth Cundiff ’84 has worn many hats at Scripps College, including that of a proud graduate, versatile volunteer, past Alumnae Association president, and now director of Alumnae Engagement. More

JaneO’Donnell and Kathleen O’BrienWicker

Jane O’Donnell and Kathleen O’Brien Wicker

Professors Kathleen O'Brien Wicker and Jane O'Donnell inspired several generations of Scripps students, serving as academic colleagues from the 1970s into the 21st century. Both are now retired, but their relationship to the College—as well as their friendship with each other—remains strong.  More

Barbara Schuyler Wetzel

Barbara Schuyler Wetzel ’59

Barbara Schuyler Wetzel '59 arrived at Scripps College in 1955 from Denver, Colorado, with a love of art and a passion for history. Armed with intellectual curiosity and boasting artistic talent honed on miles of butcher block paper and crayon, Barbara dove into her Scripps experience with enthusiasm.  More

Marjorie Thompson Burgeson

Marjorie Thompson Burgeson ’50

As a student, Marjorie Thompson Burgeson ’50 benefited greatly from opportunities in the fine arts department. She built rich relationships with faculty mentors, received scholarship aid, and gained valuable experience in a part-time job at the art gallery.  More

Ellen Clark Revelle

Ellen Clark Revelle ’31

Ellen Clark Revelle ’31, was the great niece of Ellen Browning Scripps and Board of Trustee member. Her service and support of Scripps College, along with many other philanthropic causes, is legendary.  More

Denise Nelson Nash

Denise Nelson Nash ’76

Returning to Scripps in an administrative role has reinforced all the reasons why I give and have given to Scripps since graduation. Experiencing Scripps' growth in stature, impact, and influence in the world on a daily basis provides me with great satisfaction knowing that I am a contributor to this development.  More

Evelyn “Evie” Nelson Senior ’70

Evelyn “Evie” Nelson Senior ’70

I began actively volunteering for Scripps about the time of my 40th reunion, though I had been a regular donor to Scripps since I graduated. As my volunteer work increased with my involvement in Camp Scripps and the class of 1970 reunions I deepened my relationship with the Scripps of today.  More

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Brooke E. Tomblin ’92

I want to see more women experience what I appreciated at Scripp – the long stimulating conversations in and out of the classroom, the lasting relationships with other women and professors, and the benefits of a liberal arts education.  More


Wendy Tourtellot Kulberg ’58

"Why is Scripps College in my will? I have always been a big supporter of education and appreciated the Humanities education I received at Scripps...   More


Rebecca Harlow Potter ’60

"In my years as a development professional I've learned how important bequests can be to educational institutions. Bequests com in all sizes and every one of them makes a difference in the future financial security of Scripps."   More


Caryl Chesmore Hinckley ’50

My husband, Ted Hinckley, and I firmly believe that education is highly important. Although I did not receive any scholarships, he did...   More


Howard Boroughs

In the early 1960's I was working for National Science foundation and I visited many Colleges across the country to look at their science programs...   More


Ellen Lockert ’68

Scripps provided me a remarkable start in life and the sense that there were no limits to what I could accomplish...   More


Leslie Grimes Kinkaid ’82

Leslie Grimes Kinkaid ’82 graduated with a major in history and was an active member of the Scripps community. Although Leslie died much too early, while living she had already made a provision in her will for Scripps College to be a beneficiary of her estate.   More

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Dr. Kelly Downey ’76

"As the parents of four children and both physicians, for years the biggest concern my husband and I had when meeting with our attorney to draft a will was always "Who will be their guardian and how can we make sure we have provided for them should something happen to us."..   More


Amy Drayer ’99

I chose to invest in Scripps through estate planning because I've always believed that giving to Scripps is the most powerful way I can create positive change in our world...   More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Scripps College a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Scripps College, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1030 Columbia Avenue, #2009 Claremont, CA 91711, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Scripps College or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Scripps College as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Scripps College as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Scripps College where you agree to make a gift to Scripps College and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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