Our Chair: Janice M. Willett ’78S (MBA), P’15

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Building a Legacy

Investing with your heart

Faculty, students, and research—Janice M. Willett ’78S (MBA), P’15 believes in them all. She also believes in the power of philanthropy to transform lives, not only during her lifetime, but beyond.

Willett and her husband, Joseph ’75S (MBA), P’15 have established a University of Rochester charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT). As Simon alumni, their main goal was to provide general support for the Simon Business School. But because they also believe strongly in the power of a liberal arts education, they dedicated part of their CRUT to the School of Arts & Sciences to support the International Theatre Program, in honor of legendary English professor Russell Peck and his wife Ruth. “For us, the ongoing potential to support what we care about is huge,” says Willett.

It was also important to the Willetts to complete the trifecta of philanthropic giving—annual support, endowment funding, and legacy giving.

Willett notes, “If you have it in your heart to do something for the University, during your lifetime and thereafter, the University can help you find the right pathway to accomplish your goal. Simply naming the University as a beneficiary of your will or retirement assets can have a powerful impact, and we are enormously grateful to those who remember the University in this way.”

“I hope you will imagine your own personal legacy at the University and I invite you to join me as a member of the Wilson Society.”

—Janice Willett University of Rochester Life Trustee; Wilson Society National Chair; Founding Member, Wilson Society; Sustaining Benefactor, George Eastman Circle

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.