For many decades, planned giving has been a powerful source of philanthropy for Hawken. The School formally recognizes all those who make estate gifts as being members of the Hawken Sheffield Society, in honor of the loyal support given over 60 years by Henry Sheffield, one of the School’s first trustees. Since its inception, more than 175 members have joined the Sheffield Society. The School has benefited from $9 million in estate gifts to support financial aid, faculty professional development and academic programs.
We often hear from our alumni and their parents that of all the schools attended, Hawken had the most profound influence on developing character and intellect. They tie it all back to a dedicated faculty and the notion of Fair Play. We also hear “I wish I could do more” from donors across the country - something over and above the annual fund and capital campaigns. The reality is that donors can make a real difference in the future of the School by leaving a legacy gift through their estate. This is the ultimate expression of a deep appreciation for the faculty and staff who mentored, taught and befriended them on their life journey.
Now, more than ever, is a good time to start planning a legacy gift to Hawken School. Russ Lincoln ’64 and his wife Connie believe so strongly in the importance of increasing the School’s endowment through estate gifts, they are offering to match 10% of any new or increased planned gift
made known to the School and documented with a simple Bequest Intention Form
To our current members of the Sheffield Society, we extend a heartfelt thank you! If you have already included Hawken in your estate plans but have not yet told us, we encourage you to do so. We find that most donors like to receive recognition during their lifetime for their generosity and know that their gift will be put to good use. We would love to welcome you as a Sheffield Society member. For more information, please contact Jeffrey M. Biggar ’68, Co-Director of Development at email@example.com or phone 440.423.2084.