New Council Launches at Asbury – Asbury University
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February 5, 2016

Bequest and Planned Giving Council members
Back row (left to right): Stuart Smith ‘77, Dawn Smallwood, Robert Bridges ‘69, Jeff Gehring ‘97, Dr. Geri Polvino. Front row (left to right): Eric Bentley ‘02, Charlie Shepard ‘99, David Smyth ‘97, Dr. Sandra Gray, Kevin Adkins. Not Pictured: Stephen Horn ’04 and Spencer Templin ‘00

WILMORE, Ky. — Continuing an emphasis on volunteer opportunities, Asbury University recently launched the Bequest and Planned Giving Council, a new advisory body focusing on building a long-term and sustainable estate program.

The Bequest and Planned Giving Council builds relationships between local wealth and financial management professionals and Asbury University. Members increase awareness of available philanthropic options and provide estate planning expertise to the University, as well as alumni and friends who want guidance in crafting their legacy at Asbury.

“The Bequest and Planned Giving Council is a needed new resource for Asbury University,” said President Sandra C. Gray. “Each member’s expertise, experience and commitment to Asbury’s mission is already at work among us as we focus on growth and sustainability for the long term. I am deeply grateful for their willingness to serve and am thankful to the Lord for guiding us in this process.”

Vice President for Advancement Charlie Shepard ‘99 says the Bequest and Planned Giving Council is crucial to Asbury’s vision for long-term sustainability.

“Few philanthropic activities will advance the vision of Asbury University further than a strong and robust estate and planned giving program,” Shepard said. “An engaged Bequest and Planned Giving Council is the very foundation of such a program, and I’m thrilled that these competent and skilled professionals are willing to invest their scarce time into such a difference-making endeavor.  We are deeply appreciative and look forward to seeing the impact of their work at Asbury University.”

For Rev. Bob Bridges ’69, volunteer chair of the Bequest and Planned Giving Council, the goals of the council are far-reaching. While stewarding Asbury’s current resources is crucial, stewarding its future is equally important.

“Experts say there will be two types of institutions in the future — those that have proper endowments and those that are no longer in existence,” Bridges said. “I am honored to be part of helping Asbury University build its long-range development program, its endowment, to insure adequate resources are in place to accomplish what God has called this great institution to do and be.”