Donna Brazzell Gives Back to Georgia State
Donna Brazzell recently made a planned gift to Georgia State, but she insists that Georgia State gave her a gift first. Now she is including Georgia State as a beneficiary of her IRA to support students for years to come.
"This place has given me so much," she says. "It has really reshaped my whole future. I've gotten a second career—it's exciting; I'm on a new adventure, learning new things, and growing. And that's a real gift to me."
Going Back to School
Ten years ago, Donna decided to re-enter the working world after raising her children, and she figured she'd use her bachelor's degree in chemistry to make it happen. "I went back to the lab for a job interview, and I looked at it and said, 'This isn't me anymore,'" she says.
After looking through a Georgia State course catalog, though, Donna realized she was drawn to the world of public administration and non-profit management. "I started off in the certificate program because I hadn't been back in school for 25 years, and I wasn't real sure about things," she says. "But once I was in there, I knew I loved it. And within a couple months I'd switched over to the graduate program."
"Even Small Gifts Count"
Today Donna is the executive director of the DeKalb Library Foundation, and she says she enjoys her job every day. So she decided to plan an estate gift for the institution that helped make it possible. "I just thought, Why don't I do this now?" she says. "It's not really that large a gift, but I'm still young, so it could increase over the years. And I'm in fundraising, so I know that even small gifts count.
"I've seen such dramatic growth at Georgia State in the last eight years, and I'm really proud of my alma mater. I'm proud of the direction it's going. And I think I want to see it continue for a long, long time."
Give Your Own Gift
If you'd like to support Georgia State like Donna did, please contact Wendell Clark at 404-413-3425 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk discuss your options with our planned giving staff.
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