Skip to Content

Meet Our Donors

Sherry and Dave KapesHeidelberg a Special Place for a Couple
Our time at Heidelberg contributed to our successes. It helped us choose something we loved doing: teaching and coaching. The leadership qualities developed at the Berg also led to careers (for both of us) as school principals (Sherry in elementary and Dave in secondary). After that, it was on to the Ohio Department of Education.
More »

Bill CorwinProviding the 'Greatest Gift' as Thanks for Heidelberg's Support
Bill Corwin wasn't sure how he was going to finance his college education. Thanks to financial support he received from Heidelberg, doors opened to set him on the path to success.
More »

Ed and Mary SoganMake a Gift by Naming Heidelberg as a Death Beneficiary of Your IRA or Retirement Account
Ed and Mary Sogan '69 are proud to support Heidelberg. "We plan to celebrate our 50th anniversary class reunion and are participating in class giving. We will fund our individual passion by making Heidelberg a beneficiary of an IRA supporting education majors in financial need."
More »

David and Suzanne KiewitA Forever Bond With Heidelberg
Heidelberg has maintained a strong presence throughout the lives of Rev. David '70 and Dr. Suzanne (Fritchley) Kiewit '69. As a member of a Heidelberg legacy family, David recalls tagging along with his father's UCC church youth groups on campus visits as a child. While the two were acquainted during college days, Canton native Suzanne knew David primarily as her minister's son.
More »

Donna OverholtKeeping the Momentum Going With a Heartfelt Gift
Music was a beautiful thread woven throughout the married life of Donna Overholt '57 and her late husband, Bob '59, who passed away in February 2016. The family's connection to Heidelberg music began more than 60 years ago when Donna and Bob encountered each other for the first time in Brenneman Music Hall.
More »

Tom and Jane Bowdler50 Years of Gratefulness
In the fall of her senior year of high school, Jane (Maxon) Bowdler's father flew her to Tiffin for a campus visit. "The welcoming feeling I had during my visit was quite different from what I experienced at other colleges," recalls Jane '69. "I knew I had found my school."
More »

Frank and Jill YuenglingIt All Started With a 'Yes'
Sometimes, a small word like "yes" has huge repercussions. When Frank Yuengling was looking for a college back in the mid-'60s, Heidelberg said "yes" to him. Thus began Frank's journey through higher education and on to a highly successful career as a business owner.
More »

Edie and Roger WatsonAlumni Story from the Heart
I grew up in suburban New Jersey and attended a large high school. I knew before graduation that I wanted to attend college and study to become an elementary school teacher. When it came time to look at colleges, I decided that I wanted to attend a small liberal arts college in the Midwest.
More »

Duane and Susan Sweigard ThorntonContinuing Heidelberg’s Tradition of Excellence
I’m from a farm in rural Sycamore, Ohio, where my parents raised livestock and cash grain crops. I was introduced to Heidelberg through my membership in the United Church of Christ and through my cousin, John Miller, Heidelberg class of ’62.
More »

Gary DuncanAlumni Stories from the Heart
In the summer of ’67 I was employed as a temp by Tiffin’s Sisters of Mercy to demo and install false ceilings in the hospital. I missed this sign that my future would be in health care. After starting my journey at the Berg, I headed from Eden Theological Seminary to Jewish Employment and Vocational Services to volunteering at Webster Groves Congregational Church to the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis.
More »

FellersGrateful Graduate Leaves Gift to Heidelberg to Support the Sciences
Coming out of a small high school in Decatur, Indiana, I wanted to step up to a bigger school, but not one as large as a state university. I was familiar with Heidelberg since my mother had graduated from there, and I had seen the campus during my brother's tenure and graduation. 
More »

Dr. Chris and Nancy LongakerDr. Chris and Nancy Longaker Honor Their Family History
“An education without a moral and ethical base is like a bird without wings—it just won’t fly.” As we contemplated our financial obligation to Heidelberg, this quotation kept coming back to us. 
More »

Yugi MoritaLifelong Friendships and Deep Love for Heidelberg
At the height of World War II, when the Evangelical and Reformed Church decided to award scholarships to 10 Japanese American students interred with their families in camps in the western U.S., Yugi Morita was lucky enough to get one of them. 
More »

Rev. Dr. Richard C. Diehl, ’60Paying Off a Debt of Gratitude
What a voyage of unexpected discovery I have been on, and what an important role Heidelberg has played! I arrived on campus on an early September Saturday, sight unseen and alone, with nothing more than my military gear in a duffel bag, and spent the weekend sleeping on the floor of University Hall. 
More »

Jim and Sue EvansCharitable Remainder Trust Decision
During my 40 years of employment, I moved through various positions, attaining a management position in one of the bank’s largest lending divisions. A number of “perks” came with the new responsibility. 
More »

ThorenAn International Learning Experience
Most of my classmates can reflect on their undergraduate years with a wide array of memorable campus experiences. Yet those of us who participated in Heidelberg’s Junior Year Abroad program can claim an additional unforgettable, transformative and enriching experience in our undergraduate education. 
More »

Nancy MurelloIn Honor of My Parents
In my family, the surest way to get something done was to tell someone it couldn’t be accomplished. During high school, my father, Anthony, was told his best hope for a career was as a laborer. 
More »

Dr. Charles W. ArmstrongA Tribute to My Wife
I chose to create this memorial scholarship to honor Dr. Diane Armstrong and her legacy. Dr. Armstrong served as a professor, as Chair of the Education Department, and as Director of the Graduate Program in Education at Heidelberg for 25 years. 
More »

Lois Emory DaruszkaNo Strings Attached…“Just because”
When someone shows you kindness, the point is not to pay it back but to pass it on. More than 50 years after her 1964 graduation, Lois Emory Daruszka’s heart still overflows with gratitude for the anonymous individual who helped her reach that important milestone. 
More »

Madolyn (Nichols) Key, ’48Retired Teacher Leaves Legacy for Science and Math Students
Retired teacher Madolyn (Nichols) Key, ’48, died in November 2013. Before her passing, she left quite an extraordinary legacy for future Heidelberg students who want to pursue STEM fields. 
More »

The SchillingsThe Impact of Family
Heidelberg is incredibly special for Mary '64 and me. It was where our marriage—now of 50-plus years—began the Christmas of our senior year. Tiffin was where Mary was born and Heidelberg was where her mother, Dorothy (Smith) Risk, graduated in 1927.
More »

The LongakersEvidence of Higher Character
My family's attachment to Heidelberg goes back to the 1890s when my great-grandfather Berthold Ruf arrived on campus from Switzerland to teach religious studies. Multiple other members of our family studied at Heidelberg long before my time.
More »

The ElsassesWhy a Deferred CGA Worked for Us
The decision to make a planned gift is the process of remembering and thanking institutions that have had a major impact on your life. For Judy '64 and me, Heidelberg University played a fundamental role in our lives.
More »

The KerstettersThanks for the Memories-John and Sandi Kerstetter, '61 & '63
Retired educators John and Sandy (Kropscott) Kerstetter of Kent, Ohio, feel quite nostalgic about Heidelberg these days. They warmly remember professors such as Archie Thomas and Ruth Bacon, mandatory chapel, their societies, plays, speech team-defining moments in their lives.
More »

The KearsHubert and Anne Diller Kear
When we were thinking about how we would like to give to our beloved alma mater and how we would designate our gift, we thought of many teachers who have influenced us. Both our mothers were teachers; Anne's grandmother was a teacher as was Herb's aunt, sister-in-law, nephew and a grandniece.
More »

The YostsHelping Heidelberg Students Study Abroad
Certainly most of us Heidelberg classmates have many fond memories of our years at Heidelberg. However, for 15 of my classmates and me, probably the fondest of these memories was our junior year abroad at Heidelberg University in Germany.
More »

eBrochure Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the brochure.

First name is required
Last Name is required
Please include an '@' in the email address

Related Links

Institutional Advancement

310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, OH 44883

Phone: 419-448-2028
Fax: 419-448-2334

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Heidelberg University a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Heidelberg University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 310 E. Market St., Tiffin, OH 44883, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Heidelberg or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Heidelberg as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Heidelberg as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Heidelberg where you agree to make a gift to Heidelberg and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

Please provide the following information to view the materials for planning your estate.

First name is required
Last Name is required
Please include an '@' in the email address