Art and Laurie Vinson Invest in Science at Oxford
Because of their interest in science and their longstanding relationship with Oxford College of Emory University, Laurie and Art Vinson 66Ox 68C have found a way to make a significant investment in science education at Oxford. By designating Oxford as the beneficiary of a fully paid life insurance policy, the Vinsons are able to provide a leadership gift to the school's new science building.
"From the experiences of our five children, we have seen how Oxford College transforms lives. It provides a liberal arts education with the personal guidance of faculty in a highly supportive community. Our legacy begins with the contributions that our children will make because of their Oxford experience. It continues with our regular giving to ongoing projects and endowments, and has its capstone in our final bequests," Art Vinson says.
Laurie Vinson, who has spent her career in the health care diagnostics industry, has joined her husband in making financial gifts to Oxford for more than 25 years. All of the couple's children are Oxford alumni. Art Vinson, an account executive for a high-performance information and communications technology company, was a biology major at Oxford and Emory. A member and the immediate past chair of the Oxford Board of Counselors, he has been president of the Oxford Alumni Association and a volunteer for Oxford's parent and alumni recruitment networks. In 2002 he was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award.
"One of the reasons we made this gift was to encourage our peers to explore and use innovative ways to give. Laurie and I wanted to show that even though we have sent our own kids to Emory and have many other financial obligations, it is possible to endow critical programs at Oxford, " he says.
Planned giving strategies such as the Vinsons' enable donors to make significant gifts without diminishing needed income. Some planned gifts even provide income and offer tax benefits. The experts in Emory's Office of Gift Planning can help donors develop a plan that meets both financial and philanthropic goals.