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08/16/2011

Winthrop Receives More Than $1.3 Million from Anonymous Donors

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 All five donors will be inducted into the charter class of the D.B. Johnson Society, Winthrop’s planned giving society, in the fall.
 Stewart said that donors who make anonymous gifts really want their legacy to be felt through the impact of their gift on the university.

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Amanda Stewart
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Winthrop University is the recipient of six anonymous planned gifts totaling more than $1.3 million. The gifts, from five donors, will support a variety of campus efforts in the future.

Three gifts will support student scholarships. The other three will support Winthrop’s permanent endowment, which provides unrestricted funds for the school’s top priorities, including student scholarships, academic programs, faculty/ staff awards and alumni programming.

“Some donors find making an anonymous gift really fits their needs because they are able to support the mission of Winthrop without having their name attached to the gift,” said Amanda Stewart, director of donor relations and communications at Winthrop.

Stewart added that donors who make anonymous gifts really want their legacy to be felt through the impact of their gift on the university.

The new gifts have been committed to Winthrop using a variety of gift vehicles. Four of the gifts are bequests totaling more than $990,000. The other gifts are a $120,000 gift annuity and a $250,000 charitable remainder unitrust.

“Planned gifts can take a number of forms, but they are a great way to support projects and needs that are important to our donors. The simplest and most common method of deferred giving is a bequest, which means including Winthrop in your will,” Stewart added.

All five donors will be inducted into the charter class of the D.B. Johnson Society, Winthrop’s planned giving society, in the fall.

Winthrop has previously announced three additional anonymous gifts supporting the Winthrop Fund, local literacy programs and the Louise Pettus Archives.

For more information on making a gift to Winthrop, contact the Office of Development at 803/323-2150.

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