Exercise Diligent Stewardship in Growing Whitworth's Financial and Capital Resources
Rick and Vicky Hardt, both '71, love being a part of the Whitworth family, first as students and then as the parents of Whitworth students Craig, '95, and Peggy, '96. "We're proud of the rich experiences our alma mater provided Craig and Peggy," Vicky says, "especially the individual attention from their professors and the dear friendships they found."
A highlight of Rick and Vicky's ties to the university has been their Core 650 travels to Europe with professors, staff, fellow alumni and other supporters. "These travels have given us special connections with Whitworth and delightful lifelong friends," Vicky says. "We feel we have a unique bond with Whitworth, and that makes us want to continue to support the mission of the university."
The Hardts, who live in Marysville, Wash., support Whitworth financially because they both received generous financial help as students. "We want to give back so others might have the same wonderful experiences we had with this beloved institution," Vicky says.
Years ago, the Hardts included Whitworth in their wills. In 2016, when they learned of The Campaign for Whitworth's Legacy Challenge, they informed Whitworth of their decision to designate the university as a beneficiary of their estate. Each time donors make a gift to Whitworth through their estate, trustee Walt Oliver, '67, and his wife, Kay, make a one-time gift of up to $5,000 to support a strategic campaign objective.
During the campaign, donors have made 75 endowed legacy gifts that will provide nearly $30 million in future support for Whitworth. The university has also received $8.5 million in bequests that have been realized.
"Legacy gifts support everything from student scholarships and endowed professorships to academic programs and daily operations," says Holly Norton, director of The Whitworth Foundation and planned giving. "Gifts such as the Hardts' are vital in helping us meet our campaign goals today and supporting Whitworth students in the future."