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Gift Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to Dallas Seminary and others.

  • DTS Grad Born 116 Years Ago Continues to Give
    After soldiers returned from the “war to end all wars,” prohibition brought turmoil, but the economy boomed.
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  • Family and Charitable Planning
    Herbert and Victoria Stamps have been married for 27 years and have three children. Because of a substantial inheritance, they began working with Dallas Seminary Foundation to evaluate their contributions to the Lord's work and address their family financial goals.
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  • Bequests
    Martha Tompkins is a widow who wanted to give to the Lord's work efficiently and effectively. Read how Dallas Seminary Foundation helped her accomplish her goals.
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  • Tax-Free Sale with a Unitrust
    Bill and Laura Green were age 55 when they purchased some development land outside of town. They thought it would be a good investment they could later sell for a higher price.
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  • Donate Appreciated Stock and Bypass Capital Gains Tax
    Robert and Kelli Johnson were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara Lehman bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that builds and sells homes like it. Over the years, the stock has increased in value many times, but the value has been volatile.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Larry and Barbara Scott purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well. A larger company is now discussing the possibility of buying the smaller company. Larry and Barbara are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Julie Metzger grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away she inherited the farm. When Julie was young, the farm was out in the country, but now the city has grown so much that the farm is within the city limits. Several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Legacy Planning
    Like many couples in their retirement years, Jim and Mary Lewis have given thought to how the assets they accumulated over their lifetime will eventually be distributed.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Frances Johnson lived in the family home where she and her husband had raised their three children. After her husband passed away, Frances found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Sam is a 64-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock's value has grown substantially to $118,000.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Wilma and Mike Bennett bought their first home many years ago. As they were landscaping in the yard, painting and fixing up that home, Mike was impressed with the home improvement store.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Ed and Amelia focus their attention on gift giving. For years, they have created a gift list that includes family members, friends and loved ones.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    God has blessed us with more than we ever expected. We were concerned about what we were going to leave our children and we were also focused on leaving some money to do God's work.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Allen and Vicki invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision, because the value of the stock increased to $100,000 a few years later.
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  • Major IRA Gift
    Bryan is a retired CPA. With good investments, his IRA had grown to more than 80% of his total estate. Bryan was looking for a way to rebalance his estate. He wanted to make a major gift to charity, but needed to protect his home and personal savings.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After traveling around the world, Nathan was ready to retire. He owned some stock but was concerned about leaving it in the market where it could go up or down and he also needed a secure source of retirement income for the future.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Walter and Elaine Hampton spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help that organization fulfill its mission.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • Endowment Gift
    After losing their first spouses, Pat and Shelly were recently married. They had both been dedicated volunteers and consistent supporters of Dallas Theological Seminary for many years.
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  • Donor Advised Funds
    John and Cheryl Thompson have been faithful supporters of a variety of charitable organizations for many years. They would like to have a more efficient and effective way to administer their giving. A doctor who was already a Foundation client suggested they talk to us.
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  • Cutting through the Jungle with a Butter Knife
    When I was 20, I wanted to be a lawyer working for the CIA and fly jets. I was the first member of my family to earn a college...
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