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Providing Hope for the Future

Chris Valley

Chris and Elanna Valley are using a life insurance policy to give back.

Georgia State played a big part in Chris and Elanna Valley's past. She earned both her bachelor's degree and master's degree here, and they met while she was doing an internship.

It also means a lot to their present. After more than three decades as a social worker, Chris is now an instructor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies.

But Chris says Georgia State means just as much to their future-and the future of their city and their state.

"Social work deals with issues of life and death," he explains. "This profession addresses people who are in danger all along the age spectrum, from spouses who are abused to elderly people with no one to care for them. Unfortunately, Georgia is in the bottom 10 in the nation in the number of licensed social workers per capita. We are less than half the average per capita of the nation as a whole."

"A Gift From the Attic"
But the Valleys' planned gift of a life insurance policy to the School of Social Work will help create more qualified, caring professionals who can speak for the voiceless and endangered. Chris admits he'd forgotten about the policy until a financial planner discovered it and showed him how he could increase its value fivefold.

"What was a very small gift became a gift that really had some substance, the ability to make an impact," he says. "I call it a 'gift from the attic'-it was a wonderful way of taking an old asset that we never would've thought about and giving it some meaning."

From his work with Georgia State students, Chris is confident that their donation will be put to its best use.

"The first year I was teaching, the very first session, I asked, 'What do you want to do?' Not a single one of them said, 'I want to be in private practice' or 'I want to be head of an agency.' They all talked about it in terms of wanting to help people in this or that particular circumstance-juvenile detention, work with the elderly. I've been so impressed with their dedication and where their priorities are. This gift is not just an investment in education-it's an investment in the welfare of our children and families."

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Contact Natalie Baker at 404-413-3425 or to discuss your options.

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