Are you interested in helping GW continue to educate generations of students with a legacy gift? A simple, flexible, and versatile way to ensure we can continue our work for years to come is a gift in your will or living trust, known as a charitable bequest.

In as little as one sentence, you can add GW to your estate plans. By including a bequest to GW in your will or living trust, you can support students, programs, research, or other area of your choice at the university. We look forward to learning more about your interest in leaving a legacy at GW.

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Why I Created a Bequest for GW in My Will: Annetta Weiss

Donor Annetta Weiss

Annetta Weiss, BA '65  wanted to give back in a fulfilling way. In 2009 financial adviser Tom Curtis, BA '81, MA '95, introduced her to GW Senior Planned Giving Advisor Jane Kolson. Weiss and Kolson  began what ultimately became "their quest": identifying a recipient for Weiss' estate that resonated with her and benefited the university.

In June 2011, Kolson and Weiss toured GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus. The visit included a walk-through of the new School of Nursing simulation lab. Weiss was impressed by the quality and dedication of the Nursing faculty and saw an opportunity to raise the profile of the school.

Nearly three years after her quest began, an intimate ceremony was held honoring Weiss' two-part gift — an endowed scholarship to aid graduate students in the Nurse Practitioner Program and an endowment for the dean's discretionary fund in memory of her Aunt Frances, a nurse and midwife.

"The reach of this gift goes so far beyond the students who reap the benefits of this scholarship," Johnson said. "Those students will be generous people and will affect so many lives. Every student who benefits from this gift will care for thousands of people in their careers. This gift has a wonderful, multiplying effect."

Read more about Annetta's gift.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Adam Lewis at 202-994-7657 or for additional information or to chat more about the different options for including GW in your will or estate plan.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include GW in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID, and let us know so we can welcome you to the GW Heritage Society.

Legal name: the George Washington University
Address: 1922 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
Federal tax ID number: 53-0196584

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