Angela and Alan Giles Aren't Just Georgia State Donors—They're Fans
If you're sensing a little more Panther pride on Georgia State's campus these days, you owe some thanks to Alan and Angela Giles. Their generous annual gifts to a variety of activities, particularly athletics and cheerleading, have helped create programs the entire Georgia State community can rally around.
The legacy those gifts have created will now last for generations, as Angela and Alan have left their entire estate to Georgia State in their will.
"We wanted to make a meaningful gift that would actually do something. And being from Atlanta, I can see how Georgia State has really revitalized the city," Alan says. "Over a billion dollars are generated every year just from the school. It's amazing, and we just wanted to be part of that."
When the Giles decided to include the university in their wills a few years ago, the plan was to set up a trust fund for their son, Tad, and upon Tad's death the money would go to Georgia State. Unfortunately, that plan was put into action sooner than anyone intended when Tad died last October at the young age of 35.
At that point, they got an even bigger show of support from the school, says Angela, a Georgia State alumna. For them, the outpouring of sympathy and concern confirmed that they'd made the right decision about what to do with their estate. "It doesn't matter where you go in life," Angela says. "It's who you have beside you."
With Angela's diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease) earlier this year, the Giles have spent a lot of time facing mortality in recent months—but that's only made them more determined to give as much of themselves as they can.
"You can't take it with you," Alan explains. "As my family used to say, you never saw a U-Haul behind a hearse. We got the chance to 'come in on the ground floor,' so to speak, with Georgia State athletics, and we're extremely grateful to be a part of all that."
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