As a young alumnus, I don’t strike people as someone who would make a planned gift. In fact, at my first 1842 Heritage Society event, everyone was congratulating my father (Jay Lamb ’74, ’77 VLS)! It took them a moment to realize I was the one wearing the pin—they were shocked someone my age was a member.
I don’t mind this reaction. Instead, I see it as an opportunity to change the perception that planned gifts are only for those approaching retirement age. I can inspire other young alumni by sharing my story of how easy it was to include the Villanova Annual Fund as a beneficiary for my retirement fund through work; and how, through this gift, I can ensure that I leave an even greater legacy through my personal philanthropy.
Since I made my first gift in 2011 through the Senior Class Gift program, and as I continue to give back as a member of the Young Alumni Circle, I’ve witnessed how much of a difference donor support has on current students. In total, I have spent nearly a decade on campus, first as a student and then working for the Annual Fund in University Advancement. Making a planned gift was a unique way to share my appreciation for all those who came before me and allowed me to accomplish all that I had on campus.
My philanthropy has also enhanced my personal connection to Villanova, bringing me to campus for various events. In fact, this year (2016) is my five-year Reunion, and I’m incredibly excited to be serving on the Class of 2011 Reunion committee. Back home, I serve on the Northern New Jersey VUAA Chapter’s Leadership Board.
When my planned gift comes into effect, Villanova and its students will be left with a piece of what—I hope—is the result of a lifetime of success. I know that any past, present and future good fortune will in some way be connected to the University, and my contributions are a tangible way to show my gratitude.
Originally published on the Office of Planned Giving website.