What makes a person realize that they want to help ensure the future of an organization? Often it is because they have a personal relationship with the organization, stemming from good experiences and belief in its mission. When developing your estate plan and deciding how your assets will be redistributed, you are really looking for choices that answer two basic questions: “where is our passion?” and “how will this help?”
Tim and Sallie O’Connor answered these questions when they decided to change their wills to give Denver Academy (DA) a percentage of their estate. Nearly thirty years ago the O’Connor’s left their home in Pennsylvania so that their son Patrick could attend DA. He was fifteen years old and threatening to quit school. Then, one of DA’s miracles happened. Patrick began to enjoy school and, more importantly, feel good about himself. Four years later he graduated from Denver Academy, proud of himself and his school.
Though Patrick died in 1997, Tim and Sallie remain committed to the school. Tim, as a member of the Board of Trustees, wanted to be among the first members of the DA Legacy Society and serve as an example to other DA families whose children’s lives have been so amazingly changed. Their gift to Denver Academy through their estate has been done as a memorial to Patrick. They believe passionately in providing students with learning differences an education where they can succeed.
Tim, who struggled with learning issues in school, feels he would have benefited from the environment at Denver Academy. Sallie and Tim, forever grateful that DA gave their son Patrick the inspiration to complete high school, want to ensure that the school continues to provide a solid education at a reasonable cost. They believe that building the school’s endowment is the answer.