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  • Dr. Eagan
    Dr. Eagan
    Dr. Eagan is one of ECC's longest serving professors serving the college for 44 years. He has impacted thousands of students throughout his tenure. But that is not enough for Dr. Eagan. He wants to do more.
  • Lamanna Bequests
    Lamanna Bequests
    Paul and Chris have been faithful employees of ECC. ECC is more than a job to them. It is where they met. It is where they began their professional and personal lives together.
  • James Luke Bierl Endowed Memorial Scholarship
    James Luke Bierl Endowed Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship was created by Jim Bierl, Professor and Department Head of the Respiratory Care Program at ECC, in memory if his son James Luke Bierl.
  • John Thomas Swanson
    John Thomas Swanson
    Mr. Swanson's generous gift of $1.1 million is the largest in the school's history. The donation was made to ECC through the estate of John Thomas Swanson, a California resident whose in-laws were connected to Buffalo...
  • Thurman Thomas Endowed Distinguished Scholarship
    Thurman Thomas Endowed Distinguished Scholarship
    Buffalo Bills great and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Thurman Thomas endowed a scholarship during his playing days to assist disadvantaged...

Gift Examples

  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • Tax-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.
  • Capital 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.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
  • Property 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.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
  • Part 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.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • A 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.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
  • 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.
  • Gift 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.
  • A 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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