Start Planning Your Legacy Now to Contribute to Sweet Briar’s Future

Nella Gray BarkleyIn 1899, Indiana Fletcher Williams Founded Sweet Briar through a visionary planned gift.

Indiana's vision of a college for the education of young women inspired her to establish a trust of land and other assets that became her enduring legacy. This planned gift has provided transformational educational opportunities for generations of women for over 100 years. Please join us as a Williams Associate to ensure that her legacy will prosper—in perpetuity.

Making a planned gift is an easy process that has a lifelong benefit to Sweet Briar. For Nella Gray Barkley ’55, it's a simple way to leave a legacy in addition to making an annual gift. Nella chose to name Sweet Briar College as the sole beneficiary when she purchased a life insurance policy many years ago.

It was simply a very manageable way for me to provide a larger contribution to Sweet Briar. So, now I pay the premium each year and, at my demise, Sweet Briar will receive 100% of the corpus of the policy. It's a good device, particularly for those of us who have a lot of other obligations currently and yet, we want to contribute in a substantial way. Of course we do both a policy and give beyond that annually. When we can—whatever we can—let's do it! The time was never as good as now.

Sweet Briar is so grateful to Nella for her generosity and her contributions to Sweet Briar's future. Nella has established a planned gift and notified Sweet Briar of her intentions. Nella is one of our Williams Associates—a group of people who have made a planned gift to Sweet Briar and have notified the College of their intent to do so. You, too, can become a Williams Associate. If you have questions about planned giving, please contact Claire Dennison Griffith ’80, Director of Major and Planned Gifts. Along with your attorney or financial advisor, Claire can help you find the planned gift that's right for you.

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