Army Colonel Tim Kohn MBA '04 Supports the USF Mission
Whether he is building the first schools for girls in Afghanistan or supporting scholarships at USF, Tim Kohn MBA '04 believes in educating the next generation.
There's a story behind every gift. Discover all of the ways in which our donors have taken the extra step to support USF's future.
In their 40-plus combined years of teaching, Dr. Mary Jane Niles, professor of Biology, and Dr. John Higgins, professor of Media Studies, have profoundly influenced the lives of countless USF students. But their commitment to the university goes beyond the classroom; they recently made a legacy gift to support future Biology students.
"I've been able to provide my daughter the opportunity to earn three USF degrees, and I pursued my own dream of acquiring a doctorate in education. Our Jesuit experiences have helped shape who we are today and I'm grateful for the opportunity to give back through my IRA."
A 34-year veteran of USF, in which 24 has been in Athletics and a loyal Ambassador donor to the USF Dons Fund, Julie Congi, has always been on the inside track with her gift in support of the Cross Country program. She is passing the baton to the next generation of student-athletes by making a future gift through her will.
Ernest Salomone '59 and his brother Guido were very close despite their seven-year age difference and an ocean separating them as adults. "As brothers we were so different, yet so much alike," says Guido. "I'm very mechanically inclined, but Ernie couldn't change a spark plug to keep his car running. I attended Archbishop Riordan High School and City College, while Ernie graduated from St. Ignatius Prep and USF."
Louise Liu Wen '64, a graduate of Lone Mountain College, formerly San Francisco College for Women, majored in chemistry at a time when disproportionately few women studied and worked in science. She credits her professors with preparing her for a successful career in a male-dominated field.
"As a student, I was grateful to receive a scholarship. As an alumna, I'm honored to create one." Planning a bequest from her retirement plan provides Jasmine Stirling '95 with a powerful yet flexible way of creating a scholarship to support future generations of students pursuing a high–quality Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco.
How a "spiritual sojourn" and a return to lessons learned at USF helped Antoinette Malveaux '81 a successful banking and non-profit executive, renew her passion. As a strong supporter of USF, she has planned a bequest for the university in her will and is a trustee emerita.
In 1958, Fred Meyer and his late wife Diana married at the end of Fred's junior year in college and soon after started a family. They had a remarkable life together and when Diana passed away in 1983 the family came together to establish the Diana Alessandri Meyer Scholarship in her honor.
"Giving appreciated stock is one of the easiest, most tax-savvy ways of supporting Jesuit higher education at USF. For those who invest in stocks, the proverbial rule for success is... 'Buy low, sell high.' The charitable version of that rule is to 'Buy low, GIVE high.' "
Wally Gibson '55 grew up in the Bay area and is a retired stockbroker and United States Postal Service employee. Wally was a savvy investor and like many San Franciscans he invested in real estate. Wally and his wife, Judith have been landlords for many years and when they decided it was time to retire, they thought of USF.
"Proud of my USF degree, I wanted to give something back. I began making modest annual gifts, which became employer-matched, multiyear pledges during a USF capital campaign. We chose to make a gift of highly appreciated stock purchased many years ago. We worked with USF to establish a charitable gift annuity. The CGA immediately began paying Carol 6.8 percent of the original gift amount annually. These payments are fixed and reliable and will continue for the remainder of Carol's life."
Edward Sabini was a schoolteacher in San Francisco and taught business, typing, and accounting at Commerce, Washington, and Mission High Schools. Edward was motivated to make a gift through his will when a very promising student from a family without means had to forgo college and work to support his family. Edward felt strongly that this was a great loss — not only to this young man, but to his family and the community. He desired to make higher education accessible to young people from modest upbringings.
Barbara C. Bottarini learned the skills she needed that put her on the path to a 40-year nursing career at the University of San Francisco. Grateful for this preparation, Barbara has never hesitated to provide support to USF, including 40 annual gifts and a charitable gift annuity.
We provide this information to illustrate the potential financial benefits of supporting USF. These illustrations should not be viewed as legal, accounting or other professional advice. We encourage our alumni and friends to consult with their own legal and tax advisors before completing a gift.