Committed to Community
John and Ethel Anthony Give Thanks for All MSU Offers
Gratitude defines John and Ethel Anthony's commitment to Michigan State and East Lansing. "It's really fantastic when you think about the value of having a university with the resources like MSU just down the street," John says.
"We weren't sure what to expect when we moved to East Lansing 43 years ago," John adds, "But it turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to us." They quickly became immersed in the community as they raised two daughters. Ethel created and ran an all-volunteer art appreciation program for the region, and served as a docent at the Kresge Art Museum and Wharton Center; both helped with WKAR fundraisers. Yes, they've truly enjoyed all MSU has to offer—from ice skating lessons at Munn to live theatre and arts performances, hockey, baseball, football, and basketball games, and leisurely walks on campus.
To support MSU, John and Ethel opted to use charitable gift annuities (CGA)—a gift that pays you income. "CGAs are uncomplicated and provide for the long-term sustainability of a worthwhile institution decades and decades after you're gone," John explains. "It meets just about all the measurements of what a person should be doing with their financial legacy!"
In addition to their CGAs, the Anthonys have recently added a bequest to their estate plan in the form of a beneficiary designation of an investment account. This bequest will support the activity of Wharton Center's Education Institute. The Institute offers unique, valuable experiences for community youth to more deeply engage with the arts and grow critical life skills. As an arts educator and active community volunteers, John and Ethel have come to understand and appreciate the Institute's work. They feel strongly about making these opportunities accessible to all youth and seeing these opportunities grow in the future.
Supporting MSU Scholars
You can assist future Spartans in their educational pursuits by adding to any of the numerous existing scholarship funds or creating your own. To explore the many options available, contact MSU Office of Gift Planning at 800 232-4678 | 517 884-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.