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Helping others succeed is one of life's greatest privileges. Through a planned gift to the Lower Columbia College Foundation, you create a significant and lasting impact on the lives of students in pursuit of higher education as well as ensuring the college's commitment to educational excellence well into the future.

To become a member of the Wertheimer Society, or for more information about planned giving please scroll below or contact:

  Kendra Sprague, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  (360) 442-2121

  Sheila Burgin, Foundation Director of Development & Major Gifts

  (360) 442-2132

Philip & Jeanne Wertheimer

LCC's First Benefactors, Philip & Jeanne Wertheimer.

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Wertheimer Society

The Wertheimer Society was established to recognize and honor individuals who have generously provided or plan to provide, gifts to the Lower Columbia College Foundation through bequests, trusts, and other life income gifts.

If you have named Lower Columbia College Foundation in your will or have otherwise included the institution in your estate plans, you are already a member. If you have not notified us of your bequest, please contact us regarding your decision and sign a Declaration of Intent. The Declaration of Intent is non-binding and creates no legal obligation to you or your estate.

Are you turning 70-1/2? Consider a gift from your IRA!

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A gift to the Lower Columbia College Foundation directly from your IRA is a tax-savvy, tax-wise, and tax-smart way to support excellence in education and is excludable from your gross income. It's a tax free gift!

Choose a Planned Giving Method

Reflect upon your needs and your commitment to Lower Columbia College. By joining the Wertheimer Society, you are making a powerful pledge to the college. You may choose any of the following opportunities to secure Society membership:

  • Make a bequest of through a will or trust. Bequests can be made in the form of cash, property, collections, art, jewelry, securities and more.
  • Name the Lower Columbia College Foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, a pension plan, or a bank account.
  • Name the Lower Columbia College Foundation as a beneficiary of a charitable lead trust.
  • Make a life income gift, securing a guaranteed life income for yourself, and a designated beneficiary if desired by establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity, or creating a Charitable Remainder Trust.
  • Make a gift of retirement plan assets, including an IRA charitable rollover after your 70 1/2 birthday.

Creating an Endowment

Consider your bequest gift as a reflection of your values, as a gift to memorialize or honor a beloved family member, or as a way to continue your annual fund gift in perpetuity. An endowment is a self-perpetuating gift, the principal can be sustained, and the income derived from it may be used for many significant purposes.

Including us in your Will

Bequests to the LCC Foundation are as easy to make as including the following verbiage in your will, or in a codicil to your will:

I do hereby give to Lower Columbia College Foundation in Longview, Washington, a Washington state non-profit organization [501(c)(3)], (the sum of $_____); or (all my right, title, and interest into the following described property: _____ ); or ( _____% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate), such bequest to be used in the manner as determined appropriate by Lower Columbia College Foundation as it, in its sole discretion, shall determine.

The preceding clause is a suggested example only. Always consult your attorney for proper legal advice. If you wish to make a bequest that is restricted to a specific purpose, please contact our office for examples of appropriate wording.

Contact the Lower Columbia College Foundation

We look forward to hearing from you! Make an appointment by calling (360) 442-2130. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Donor Relations

  Kendra Sprague, Vice President of

Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  (360) 442-2121

General Inquiries

  (360) 442-2130
Fax: (360) 442-2129

Donor Relations & Major Gifts

  Sheila Burgin, Foundation Director of Development & Major Gifts

  (360) 442-2132

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  Emilee Bollibon, Foundation Development Associate

  (360) 442-2136


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Foundation Specialist

  Nickie Arce, Foundation Specialist

  (360) 442-2134