As the director of planned giving and senior stewardship officer in Trevecca’s Office of External Relations, I often get asked about the process of setting up a scholarship. It’s actually as easy as 1-2-3!
Interested in helping Trevecca Nazarene University with our mission but feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing another check or giving up your assets today? A simple, flexible and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest. Your gift also entitles your estate to an unlimited federal estate tax charitable deduction.
I recently read through the Treveccan and found myself amazed and filled with pride when I noticed what an amazing difference our TNU alumni are making in our world. From beekeeping to the political arena, the Trevecca experience has influenced our alumni to continue the upward trajectory of their lives. We are continuing to build legacies.
Have you ever had a conversation with a 13-year-old? Interesting, isn’t it? So the question comes to mind, How do you guide a child from age 13 to 30 and keep him or her in a Christ-centered lifestyle? Right in the middle of that span of time comes the tipping point: age 18!
I was talking to an investment client of mine the other day and the subject of our children came up. I spoke about my children and how proud I am of them. His words about his children caused me to stop and think about influence. He said, “You know, we raised our children to do the right thing and to live a good life, but after they came out of college, they became cynical, questioning everything we taught them, walking away from the teachings of their upbringing.” Now, I’m not going to say that doesn’t happen at Trevecca – because you and I know cynicism has no boundaries. But what I will say at Trevecca those questions are answered by professors who care about the student and desire to seek Divine guidance for answers.
I have a friend named Kaleb. He’s nine. He attends the church where I attend, and we’ve become buddies. His family situation is dysfunctional, to say the least. Recently, his MeMaw was taken to the hospital where she later died. Just a few months earlier, his Poppaw went to the hospital where he later died.
Imagine a young man blessed with many God-given talents, one of which was the gift of music. He felt the allure of the music, but this music scene pulled him from what he was taught as a young child into a world far away from the Divine Musician. Imagine that young man continuing in that scene until adulthood. Imagine a life filled with sad consequences and wandering.
Homecoming was a great success. It was wonderful to see so many alumni of all ages enjoying the Trevecca community. Your alumni board represented you and worked diligently to make everyone feel welcome.
I celebrated a birthday this past week. It was marvelous to celebrate with family and friends and receive so many wonderful comments on that day. The interesting thing was the responses from a wide variety of friends from a wide variety of locations—high school friends and church friends. But the overwhelming responses were from friends from Trevecca Nazarene University.