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Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society

In 2012, the Barber National Institute celebrated the 100th birthday of its founder, the late Dr. Gertrude A. Barber. Today, we continue to honor Dr. Barber's legacy and the history of our organization's commitment to providing the highest level of care and programming for children and adults with disabilities. Significant financial support from our friends in the community is necessary to ensure that Dr. Barber's mission, which began in 1952, continues to grow and thrive in the 21st century.

Dr. Barber's work began with a handful of students in a single borrowed classroom. Today, the nationally-recognized facility that bears her name serves more than 4,200 children and adults throughout the state of Pennsylvania, in Erie, Girard, Corry, Warren, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. With a world-renowned reputation, the Barber National Institute serves as a teaching resource for professionals around the country and globe.

The Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society was established in August 2007 to recognize those generous supporters who have made a planned gift to the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation. Membership in the society is currently being granted to donors who have notified us that they have included the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation in their estate plans. You can become a member of the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society simply by notifying us that you have included the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation in your will or made provisions to turn over an existing insurance policy to the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation or through a gift of property.

As Dr. Barber recognized the potential in all persons, members of her Legacy Society recognize the potential of the future and want to help in meeting the challenges and opportunities that are sure to unfold in fulfilling her vision. Your gift will sustain important work that will truly make a difference in the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Join the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society today and Make dreams come true.

For information about becoming a member of the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society, contact Gary L. Bukowski, CFRE, at (814) 878-4033 or e-mail GaryBukowski@BarberInstitute.org. Please visit our Planned Giving website at www.GertrudeBarber.org.

All inquiries will be kept in strict confidence.

An Invitation to Join the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society

Members of the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society have expressed their commitment to the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation through a very special and important form of financial support.

These donors have named the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation as the ultimate beneficiary of a planned gift. Such gifts might include a bequest and/or charitable income gifts, such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuity trusts, or gifts of life insurance.

Once you complete your estate plans, please fill out our member profile form to let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity by including you in the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society.

Membership Benefits

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made, and it may inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership in the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society include invitations to special events and seminars and special mailings, including our quarterly magazine, CenterScope.

The most important benefit, however, you will receive from joining the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Legacy Society is the satisfaction derived from making a lasting contribution to our long-term efforts.


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