A Message From Alan Hilfiker ’60

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Building a Legacy

The University of Rochester is a multi-faceted institution with a comprehensive mission: Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—and make the world ever better. In pursuit of this mission, the University’s work aspires to touch all human endeavor and experience. Schools and units across the University seek to advance knowledge, address critical problems, save lives, and feed the imagination.

For University alumni, parents, and friends, this presents a broad spectrum of opportunity to support causes and their own interests. In my case, I chose to create a charitable remainder trust because I felt it was the best way I could support a dimension of the University that was important to me when I was a student and which continues to enrich my life today.

While there are several tax advantages and personal financial benefits to making this type of planned gift, there’s more to consider. A planned gift should come from the heart. I made this contribution out of a great respect for the University and appreciation for the education I received. You have to really want to do it. You have to believe in the University and that your gift will enhance its mission. Joe and Peggy Wilson had this faith, and I am proud to follow modestly in their footsteps. I cannot think of a nobler endeavor.

It is a privilege and an honor to be connected with individuals who not only have a passion for philanthropy, but also a passion for the University. I am pleased to be part of the Wilson Society’s Founders Phase and this effort to build a greater legacy for the University of Rochester.



Founding Member, Wilson Society
Member, University of Rochester Board of Trustees
Chair, Estate & Planned Giving Initiative for The Meliora Challenge
Co-Chair, Florida Regional Campaign for The Meliora Challenge


Watch Alan’s video testimonial about his personal planned giving.

The Wilson Society honors and celebrates philanthropic individuals who have established life-income plans or named the University of Rochester as a beneficiary of their estate. The Society recognizes the importance of planned gifts to the University today and for its future. Members ensure their personal legacy and enjoy the privilege of shaping tomorrow.