For many decades, planned giving through an individual’s estate has been a powerful source of philanthropy for Hawken. In the 1980s, the School formally recognized all those who had made estate gifts by establishing the Hawken Heritage Society. As the School celebrated its Centennial in May 2015 and honored its past while looking forward to its second century, we rebranded this special group of alumni and friends as the Hawken Sheffield Society, in recognition of the loyal support given over nearly 60 years by Henry Sheffield, one of the School’s first trustees. Since its inception, more than 160 members have joined the Sheffield Society, and the School has realized nearly $9 million in estate gifts to support financial aid, faculty professional development and academic programs over the years.
We often hear from our alumni and their parents that of all the schools our graduates 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 have come forward with The Lincoln Challenge
to the Hawken community. Because they 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
. Their match has a cap of $1 million, and each new documented bequest will have their 10% match directed into the endowment on a quarterly basis.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 440.423.2084.