e-Newsletter of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary | August 30, 2012 Twitter Facebook

Planned Giving Corner:  Thanks for Remembering

Patti Price, director of planned giving, meets with alumni.

We hear a lot of talk about “legacy” these days. Basically it means something to be remembered. For more than 300 alumni and friends of Moravian College and/or Moravian Theological Seminary, “legacy” includes remembering the College or Seminary—specifically in their wills.

These individuals, members of the “Cornerstone Society,” have affirmed that Moravian is important enough to them that they choose to support its future and ensure its legacy.

“I have a favorite poem that reminds us to remember the most important things in life, including gratitude for those blessings that have come our way,” says Patti Price, Moravian’s director of planned giving. “The words remind me of place, purpose and legacy, and our Cornerstone Society members truly embody the essence of this poem, and have ensured they will leave a legacy that is an affirmation of their lives well-lived.”

Estate gifts of all sizes have helped to build and sustain Moravian for most of its 270 years.  The earliest record of a bequest is from 1825, which established a permanent fund to be shared in part by Moravian Seminary for Women in Bethlehem and the men at Nazareth Hall “for the instruction of persons for schoolmasters and schoolmistresses.”  The gift was from the estate of Godfrey Haga, a German-born Philadelphia merchant, politician and philanthropist who came to America as an indentured servant at age 15. 

“Historically, only one-third of people who include any charities in their wills inform the beneficiaries. In most cases, these bequests are surprises, albeit nice ones,” says Price. “But I encourage alumni and friends who have made this thoughtful decision, but not yet shared the information, to let me know.

“We’d love to welcome you to the Cornerstone Society and personally acknowledge your Planned Gift,” however, those who wish to remain anonymous are not publicly acknowledged, she adds.

Price is available to provide confidential assistance to anyone considering including Moravian in his or her estate plan. She can be reached at 610-625-7915 or by emailing