Centennial Bequest Campaign: 100 Years More

December 19th, 2017

For our 100th academic year we have initiated the Centennial Bequest Campaign with the goal of increasing our Jubilee Friend Society memberships by 100 new households by June 2018. Become a member by including EMU or any of our programs in your estate through the following ways:

  • Will/Living Trust
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • IRA, 401(k), 403(b), other retirement plan
  • Donor Advised Fund
  • Primary or secondary beneficiary of bank account or asset

Join during the campaign and receive the book Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education by Donald Kraybill ‘67. Help make the EMU experience available to students for another 100 years!


New Jubilee Friend Society members, Carroll ’62 and Nancy ’66 Yoder established a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) using the funds they received from inherited farmland in Iowa. This allows them to receive life income and give a future gift to EMU. To honor their careers as professors, they designated their future gift to be used for nursing and literature scholarships. When asked why they chose to make a gift to EMU, they proclaimed:

“Why wouldn’t we want to do something for EMU?”

“EMU has been so good to us. We had our careers at EMU and were able to serve the church broadly. We led nine international cross-cultural trips, had 11 nieces and nephews graduate from EMU, and both of our sons attended the university. Even in retirement, EMU still feels like family.”

If you have already included EMU in your estate plan, please let us know! To learn more, visit EMUPlannedGiving.org or contact Jasmine Hardesty, Director of Planned Giving at (540) 432-4971 or jasmine.hardesty@emu.edu

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