Meet our Wheeler Society Members

Meet our Wheeler Society Members

Laura Strickler '94 (Retirement Plan)

Laura Strickler '94

A few years ago when I decided to give a portion of my retirement plan to HWS, I figured, if I designate it now, its already written off as part of my retirement and I wont even miss it.

I work in higher education with budgets and gift restrictions, so I have a unique perspective on how a college works. I appreciate the importance of planned giving for the health of the institution and strongly believe in giving back to support the greater good. Gifts to HWS not only maintain the campus, but they also ensure the reputation of the Colleges and help our degrees stay strong. Gifts made now make sure that future generations of students will have the same access to opportunities and experiences that I had.

The year after graduation, I worked in the HWS Office of Admissions, an experience that connected me even more closely to the Colleges. Part of my planned gift is the 403b I started when I worked at HWS. Basically, I decided to give back what the Colleges gave me that year.

I would recommend to others who are thinking about planned giving to do it early, before you have kids. Carve out a little chunk to give to the Colleges and youll never miss it.

Laura Strickler 94 graduated from William Smith in 1994 with degrees in English and art history. She was a member of the William Smith Congress. In 2004, she received the Young Alumna Award. She is currently the associate director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University and is a co-founder of the Princeton Alum Club.

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