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Building a Legacy

Clare Jordan fell in love with nonprofit work as an NC State University student. She even founded the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She has dedicated her career to nonprofit work and remains a loyal supporter of her alma mater.

“My career was definitely built on experiences I had at NC State, in and out of the classroom,” she said. Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the university in 1991.

Jordan’s gifts to NC State support the Clare Stone Jordan Internship Endowment, and a provision in her will provides more substantial support for the endowment. She established the fund to benefit students minoring in nonprofit studies who are completing nonprofit internships.

“With four children and only the oldest in college so far, this is not the best time for me to make a large cash gift. But I know that my invested assets will be there to support a more significant gift in the future, and planned giving is just the tool to make that happen now. People need to know how easy it is to make a planned gift, and that there is no reason to put it off,” she said.

Jordan is excited to support the nonprofit sector, which means so much to her, while also making a long-term impact on NC State and student interns and the nonprofits they serve.

“There really could be no more perfect reflection of what is important to me than to have the privilege of leaving this kind of legacy,” she said. “Leadership is critical, and without our individual, corporate and foundation investments, institutions would really struggle. Support like the endowment I started, however small, affects not only the university’s ability to provide the opportunities students need to learn in the real world, but also greatly impacts a student’s life and future career.”

Jordan’s passion for the university grew when her daughter, now a rising senior in the College of Design, enrolled at NC State. She wants others to know that anyone — no matter your age or assets — can create a planned gift to support NC State’s future.

“As the product of two Duke alumni, I never thought I’d be so excited to be a part of NC State, but it really has become home for me, and I am very proud of my school and its many advances and advantages,” Jordan said.

This post was originally published in Giving News.