Donor Stories

Larry AnkudaSCU’s Life-Changing Impact
Larry Ankuda and his wife, Erica, are giving back to SCU through a charitable gift that also generates income for them. His gift, he hopes, will help future students benefit from the same kind of experience that he had. More

Evelyn Vazquez UrzuaEndowed Scholarship Allowed First-Generation Grad to Pursue Her Passion
Alum Evelyn Vazquez Urzua has grown into a community leader helping others, thanks to a scholarship that allowed her to follow her dreams and find her power to move mountains. More

John FarnsworthSetting the Next Generation Up for Success and Sustainability
For retired faculty member John Farnsworth, including the University in his estate plan was the perfect way to extend his devotion to sustainability and climate neutrality at SCU. More

Navah and Meir StatmanA Lasting Legacy by Giving Today and Tomorrow
Navah Statman ’84 MBA and Meir Statman, the Glenn Klimek Professor of Finance, feel a deep connection to Santa Clara. They overcame hardships to find success and are now giving back to causes they care deeply about, including SCU. More

Craig UlriciBlessing Paid Forward
Craig Ulrici '61 had always studied hard and earned good grades. But even if he got into college, it required the kind of money his parents didn't have. More

Karla De La TorreFinding a Home
See how one young alumna is giving back to Santa Clara for welcoming her with a sense of community. More

Bill and Ruth KahlHonoring His Love for SCU
When Ruth Kahl’s husband, Bill, passed away, she wanted to honor his legacy by making an estate gift that acknowledged the role Santa Clara played in both of their lives. More

Greenie Van BurenEngineering the Future
When Greenie Van Buren '71, '78 M.S. left Hong Kong to attend SCU, she was welcomed and equipped with the skills to succeed in engineering. Now retired, she and her husband, Donald ’70, give back to help other engineering students. More

Liz SullingerContinuing a Tradition of Philanthropy
For Liz Sullinger ’80, giving back is a way of life. From door-to-door collections in her youth to supporting education around the world as an adult, she is carrying on a tradition she learned from her mother. More

Annamarie Marsh LouieHelping Future Teachers Transform Lives
Financial aid kept Annamarie Marsh Louie '91 BA, '98 MA at Santa Clara University when her family faced hard times her freshman year. Years later, she is fortunate to pay it forward for students pursuing teaching, just like her. More

Bob HesseInvesting in the Future of SCU
For Bob Hesse '69, the art of giving back started with his Catholic parents. "Even though they had eight children and not a lot of money," he says, "I remember they always had a few extra bucks available to people who needed help." More

Frank CepollinaHubble’s Mr. Fix-It Engineers Generous Gift to SCU
Frank Cepollina '59 went from fixing tractors on his grandfather's farm to pioneering work in outer space satellite repair. Now, he's helping ensure students at SCU have an opportunity to reach for the stars. More

tellezPeace of Mind: Experiences at Santa Clara Have Guided Sylvia Tellez Through Life
At Santa Clara, Sylvia Tellez realized she was "an individual who had power and who had gifts, and who was not just going to do what someone else expected of me." More

Richard and Angela BlackburnGiving Back to Build a Legacy
Santa Clara sweethearts Richard and Angela Blackburn lived a full life. Their estate gift to SCU will help future students and faculty do the same for generations to come. More

Ruben and Phyllis SilvaSupporting the Next Generation for the Help He Was Given
Ruben Silva's parents instilled in him the values of hard work and education, values that led to his success at Santa Clara University and in his career. Now Ruben and his wife, Phyllis, are giving back in honor of his parents to continue that support for other SCU students. More

President Michael Engh and Dominic SposetoGiving Back the Support He Once Received
Dominic Sposeto's life could make a hit TV-show plot. When he was newly blind and didn't have a formal college degree, Santa Clara University School of Law was the only Bay Area law school to accept him. Now, he's paying it forward to other students. More

Jose and Pauline DebasaInvesting in SCU Students
To Jose Debasa MBA '71, SCU feels like home. Along with his wife, Pauline, he is investing in SCU and our students with two unique gifts. More

Ron Hansen and Bo CaldwellThe Next Great Chapter
Ron Hansen '95 M.A. knows how to write a good story. By including us in their future plans, he and his wife, Bo, are writing a new kind of story—one for the future of Santa Clara University. More

Sally and Howard PetersGreat Chemistry
Sally and Howard Peters '78 JD are including SCU in their estate plans so that future students can have a chance at getting an SCU education. More

Bill DowFan for Life
Bronco sports shaped the college experience of Bill Dow ’73. Now, he’s doing his part to make sure that continues for others. More

John and Susan SobratoA Legacy of Leadership and Philanthropy
John and Susan Sobrato have long been supporters of Santa Clara University. Their legacy is evident across campus. Read about why they give to SCU.  More

Emma AndersonConnecting the Generations Through Philanthropy
Students at SCU are the fortunate beneficiaries of a generous $8.4 million bequest from the estate of the late Jack and Emma Anderson. More

Frederick and Leota GonzalezWords From the Past Inspire One Couple to Impact the Future
Some years ago, Frederick M. and Leota Van DeVeere Gonzalez were struck when the then-dean of Santa Clara Law described losing strong faculty candidates because they were unable to find affordable housing in Silicon Valley. More

DeMartinoThe Gift of a Jesuit Education
Whether taking a Baltic Sea cruise or entering their wedding reception with a procession of 35 Jesuits in tow, Kirch '61 and Sharon DeMartini have enjoyed a life together bolstered by common values, interests, and goals. More

Doug and Marie BarryA Family Supports SCU Students Through Endowed Scholarship
For Doug ’66, J.D. ’74 and Marie Barry ’68, there’s no doubt about where the heart of Santa Clara University is: the Mission Gardens. “It’s such a peaceful, serene, happy place,” Marie says.  More

Alan BrookingA Brighter Future for Santa Clara Students
"Alan, this is Steve." Alan Brooking ran through his mental contact list. Steve? Steve? Then, the voice on the phone gave a Cupertino address and it clicked: Steve Jobs.  More

David and Holly ZachariasUnbreakable Bonds
Santa Clara University. While much has changed in their lives and on Santa Clara’s campus, their support for their alma mater has only grown in the intervening six decades. That’s why the couple created a scholarship for deserving students who need financial assistance.  More

Mario BelottiAppreciated Returns
"I came to the United States and had zero money," Mario Belotti, W.M. Keck Foundation Professor of Economics says, recalling how he arrived in New York with only $50 in train fare from his sponsor in Texas, who also helped pay for his undergraduate and graduate education.  More

John FeerickChanging the World with Planned Giving
We at Santa Clara University hope to equip our students with the tools they need to go on and change the world. John Feerick has created a legacy at the Jesuit School of Theology, a way he can make a difference after his lifetime by empowering students to create change.  More

boyerBreaking the Mold
With Marty Boyer's modest background, Santa Clara University seemed out of reach-until she received a life-changing letter announcing a full scholarship. Gratitude for her education motivates her to support future SCU students. More

naumesCouple Provides Life-Changing Experiences for SCU Students
For Mike Naumes '68, his earliest memories of Santa Clara University involve traveling from his family's home in Oregon to campus with his late father, Joseph Naumes '34. More

specchierlaA Golden Year: Couple's Anniversary Celebrations Include Gift to SCU
When Santa Clara University announced it would admit women starting in the fall of 1962, Larry Specchierla '63 was among a group of mourning students who lowered the flag on campus to half-mast. More

evansBurning Bright: Engineering Grad Passes the Torch to His Children and Future Generations
To ensure that low-income engineering students will have the same opportunities he had, Hall Evans has arranged a gift that will influence lives at Santa Clara University and carry on a legacy of learning for his family. More



andersonEmma Anderson: Santa Clara Through and Through
Emma Anderson's life was deeply intertwined with her hometown of Santa Clara. Almost a year after her death, Emma's legacy lives on through a gift that supports SCU students. More

omearaInfluencing the Future of Engineering at SCU
Lester and Muriel O'Meara left a legacy that is helping send passionate engineers out into the world to spread basic human needs to impoverished areas around the globe. More

middletonThe Transformative Power of Storytelling
Telling stories is one of the best ways to help understand human nature. That's why Anne Middleton dedicated her life to telling them. Learn how she's helped others in one of the first chapters of their lives. More


hartBill Hart's Investment in Education Pays Double Dividends
Over the past two decades, the bursting of tech and housing bubbles clobbered many investors. Meanwhile, career businessman Bill Hart is secure with fixed payouts from a pair of SCU gift annuities. More


giorgettiRick and Terry Giorgetti: "We Believe in Perfect Timing"
Since timing was a factor in how Rick and Terry Giorgetti met, timing is something they value. But they believe planning is just as important. That's why Rick and Terry made planned gifts to their favorite charities, including Santa Clara University. More

mcnameeThe David and Fran McNamee Endowed Scholarship Fund
A couple married in the Mission Gardens gives the opportunity of a Santa Clara education to science and engineering students. More

codyA Tip of the Hat to the Past, a Helping Hand for the Future
Dr. Robert Cody '53 recognizes that, although times have changed, Santa Clara students today face financial challenges as he did when he was a student. And he's helping to alleviate the burden. More


gutierrezGabriel and Gayle Gutierrez - Family, Education and Service
Gabe and Gayle Gutierrez came from families with strong bonds and with even stronger beliefs in the value of education. With education being so highly valued it is no surprise that Gabe and Gayle met at university. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Santa Clara University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Santa Clara University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-1400, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to SCU or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to SCU as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to SCU as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and SCU where you agree to make a gift to SCU and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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