Helping Others Motivates South Elgin Couple
Cathy and Dan Walter consider themselves blessed. They feel grateful for what they have, thankful for the people who've helped them along the way and fortunate that they are healthy and able to enjoy life with their family.
They have gotten in the habit of reviewing their estate plans every five years to ensure their interests and family circumstances haven't changed. This past year, as they discussed and prioritized the areas of giving that are important to them, both locally and internationally, they realized Elgin Community College should be included in the list.
"I have been involved with the Foundation and their events for many years, initially through my business connection and, now that I'm retired, as a community member," said Dan. "But our relationship with ECC started years before - I finished my Associate's degree at ECC and Cathy took classes there." Cathy added, "ECC also represents the community where we grew up; this is home."
Through Dan's work as chair of the Scholarships and Grants Committee with the ECC Foundation, he has seen the remarkable impact scholarships can have in assisting ECC students as they work to attain their education and career dreams. When Cathy and Dan talked with Katherine Sawyer, executive director of the foundation, it was a natural fit to create an endowed scholarship through their will.
The Dan and Cathy Walter Scholarship represents the background that brought them together. Cathy worked in the administration of a local hospital and Dan was a human resources professional at the same hospital and formerly a paramedic. Eligible students must be studying any discipline in the health professions programs and/or the Emergency Medical Tech/Paramedic program at ECC and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
Dan shared, "Planned giving isn't just for the wealthy. An average person can impact many lives through this kind of gift."
Because of Cathy and Dan's thoughtful gift to assist future generations of students, they have joined the Spartan Legacy Society, a group established to recognize the generosity of those individuals who have included and notified the Foundation of their estate plans through such means as a gift annuity, bequest or life insurance policy.
Dan is still very active with ECC and the foundation. He continues to chair the foundation's Scholarship and Grants Committee and serves as a member of its Finance and Investment Committee, Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors.
If you have questions or want to learn more about gift planning strategies, please contact the foundation office at (847) 214-7377.