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Planned Gift Stories

Donor Stories

Lessons in Impact

Our benefactors make their gifts to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota for many reasons. Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving and why they value their planned gift

  • Alan Guanella
    Throughout his senior year at Saint Mary's, Fr. Alan M. Guanella '09 knew that he definitely wanted to give something...
  • Making the Dream of College Possible for Others: Michael M. Feeney '64
    Mike Feeney '64 knows first-hand the importance of scholarships. Growing up in a large family, living in a small...
  • Brian McGoldrick '81
    Brian McGoldrick '81 began giving back to Saint Mary's at an early age, following the tragic death of his roommate Greg Brosig '81 in August 1982...
  • Chuck '66 and Kathie Joseph
    Over the years, Chuck '66 and Kathie Joseph have made some good choices, have been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and have been blessed with some financial success...
  • A. Richard Deitering '63
    Dick '63 and Jan Deitering believe in the value of a Saint Mary's University education and are giving back by designating the university as a beneficiary of Dick's retirement plan...
  • Legacy Gift Honors Transformational Educator
    Martha (Hanzel) Johnson '91 and her husband Jeff thoughtfully developed their estate plan with the intent to honor people and places that were influential and meaningful in their lives...
  • Paul and Elaine Drack
    For Paul E. Drack '50, "[t]o say that I received a great education is simple; but really, I grew as a person. Saint Mary's gave me a sound foundation to be...
  • Sarah (Weir) van Staveren '10
    The decision to name Saint Mary's University of Minnesota as a beneficiary of her retirement plan was an easy one for Sarah (Weir) van Staveren '10: "Saint Mary's was such...
  • Pamela Joachim '77
    Giving back through a bequest in her will is one way for Pam to honor and recognize the difference a Saint Mary's education made in her life. When Pam was a student...