Single Gift Sparks Support For Building Campaign
When Dr. Bruce "Al" Baber (M.D.'57/M) came to campus for Reunion Weekend in April 2010, he talked with some impressive Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine students. One of the students was about to receive top honors at graduation and go into family practice. That encounter brought back Baber's memories of his own days on the MCV Campus.
"I remember very well the old A.D. Williams Clinic and our sessions there. Tuition was $675 per semester, which is really something compared to what they have to go through now," he said. "I thought that one way I could help, in some small way, was to make a contribution back. It's great to see these students with intelligent minds going onward. When I look at the gift I made, I consider myself a small fish in a big pond really."
Baber, a retired anesthesiologist in Newport News, Virginia, made a financial commitment in support of a new School of Medicine education building. The gift is divided between a $10,000 pledge and a $50,000 bequest. By structuring his gift in this manner, he is contributing critical cash to the campaign now as well as leaving a future gift of significant impact.
By including the medical school in his estate plans, Baber also joins the ranks of the MCV Society, whose members have provided future support to the MCV Campus through their planned gifts. In addition to charitable will bequests, such as Baber's, planned gifts include charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities and pooled income funds.
published June 2011
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