Planned Giving

When Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage’s husband passed away in 1908 and left her a sizeable estate, Mrs. Sage was determined to use her fortune for the public good. In doing so, she became one of America’s great philanthropists and among the first American women to use her wealth in this manner.

In 1910 Mrs. Sage, Troy Female Seminary Class of 1847, provided Miss Kellas with the funds for the first three buildings on Emma Willard’s Mount Ida campus. After Mrs. Sage’s death in 1918, Emma Willard School was also the grateful recipient of a generous bequest.

The Sage Society seeks to honor individuals who have included Emma Willard School in their financial and philanthropic plans. Gifts include, but are not limited to, bequest intentions, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance and retirement plan assets. The school is immensely grateful to the members of The Sage Society for their vision and support.

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  • Appreciated Securities

    Over the last decade the stock market has risen more than 250%, making a gift of long-term (owned more than one year) appreciated securities more tax advantageous than giving cash for most taxpayers.

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  • Annuities

    Would you like to make a gift to Emma Willard and at the same time ensure reliable income for your future?
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  • Trusts

    A trust is a legal agreement that allows you to make a significant gift to Emma Willard School while providing income from the assets you place in the trust for yourself or another person.
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  • Bequests

    The easiest and lowest-cost way to make a gift to Emma Willard School is to include the school in your will or revocable trust.
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  • IRA Gifts

    Naming Emma Willard School as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan (IRA, 401(k), Keogh, SEP and others) can be a particularly attractive way to make a gift.
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Need more information?

If you would like more information on how to incorporate Emma Willard School into your financial plans, please contact Ann Dejnozka, head of advancement, by email at
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