We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
Rob and Julie Webster are the newest members of Viewpoint's Legacy Society, following their recent bequest of $100,000 to the School. The Websters have been leadership donors to the School since their son Bobby '14 enrolled at Viewpoint in 2001. However, they wanted to make a substantial, long-term gift that would create a lasting benefit for the School and future students.
"This is a chance for us to acknowledge that this has been a major chapter in our lives, and a formative experience for our son," Rob said. "This is also a way for us to help build a permanent foundation for Viewpoint."
As an independent school, Viewpoint's financial health depends upon the current generosity of its community, as well as planned gifts that provide added stability from future support. Rob and Julie expressed a preference that the proceeds of their gift be used for scholarships for students who would not otherwise be able to afford Viewpoint's tuition, and for the extracurricular programs that help to make the School such a unique experience.
"Julie and I support a number of charities, but Viewpoint is particularly important to us because of the benefit Bobby receives. He is everything to us," Rob added.
For the Websters, including Viewpoint in their estate plan while they were updating their will was also an expression of confidence in the School's longevity. They not only expect that Viewpoint will continue to thrive, but wish to be a part of that continuing success by endowing its future growth.
Rob and Julie have been active volunteers at the School for years, participating in the VSSA, the Benefit, the Annual Fund, and other activities.
Robert and Patty Flournoy are donors of a generous bequest to Viewpoint. It is an honor to welcome them to Viewpoint's Legacy Society, a sustaining group of donors who graciously include Viewpoint in their planned giving.
The recent $100,000 bequest is made with the intention of expanding the School's endowment fund. "As a father," Robert said, "the bequest is a token of our appreciation to Viewpoint for instilling a love of learning and passion for personal growth in our daughters (Simone '15 and Pilar '18)." Patty and Robert expressed that they are grateful for the opportunities in life that will be available to Pilar and Simone as a result of their outstanding education at Viewpoint and their ability to apply their skills to the benefit of their own communities.
Viewpoint's long-term financial growth largely depends upon its leadership from parents, alumni, trustees, volunteers, and all donors. Robert and Patty emphasized the importance of a collective partnership to support the growth of an endowment fund to ensure long-term benefits for Viewpoint and its students. Robert explained, "The endowment is the cornerstone to the School's security and consistency."
The Flournoy's commitment to Viewpoint is substantial. Robert is a member of the Board of Trustees. Patty is active in fund raising for the Annual Fund and, in 2006 and 2007, she was the Benefit Auction's Co-Chair. The couple also have made significant contributions to the Annual Fund, Endowment Fund, Capital Campaign, and helped develop the School's Long Range Plan. Robert is President and Owner of Infinity Sales, a manufacturers' representative in Southern California for semiconductors and other electronic devices.
Dean Rasmussen is the type of person who supports what he chooses to do wholeheartedly and with passion. His children Andrew ’88 and Eric ’91 and stepchildren Erin Mann ’06 and Jeremy Mann ’08 all have attended Viewpoint. In 2000 Dean made a $1 million bequest to the School. Dean received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and also received a degree from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. Later, he donated generously to Arizona’s scholarship endowment funds and to an endowed professorship. His son Andrew attended Harvey Mudd College, and Dean supports HMC financially and by serving on its Board of Trustees and its Friends Committee. Dean's father Carl died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), leading to Dean’s generous donations and nearly 15 years of service on the National Board of Trustees for the ALS Association.
Dean believes in scholarships. He attended college on scholarship and appreciates very personally the difference that financial assistance can make in the life of an individual and a family. In Dean's case, after college he became President of C.A. Rasmussen, Inc., the general engineering contractor founded by his father and responsible for many of the largest, most visible developments in California.
The Rasmussen family has been involved with the School for more than 20 years; Dean and his brother James educated all seven of their children at Viewpoint. Dean cherishes Viewpoint's community, admitting readily that he formed many of his closest friendships for life here. Best of all, Dean says, he met his wife Kathleen at Viewpoint. Because of his belief in the School’s mission, Dean made his generous bequest. It is Dean’s fond hope that his pledge to the School's endowment will expand the numbers of scholarships that Viewpoint can offer, providing many more deserving and bright children the opportunity to attend.
Dean is a builder, and Viewpoint has benefited from his expertise as well as from his generosity. In 1982, as a new Trustee and Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, he conceived of the idea of building a covered multi-purpose area for sports, assemblies, plays, and receptions. Ten years later a concrete slab with a roof and roll-up doors had become an excellent gym and the most used space on campus, the Rasmussen Family Pavilion.
Dean’s participation in Viewpoint’s community goes back many years, and will continue well into the future. He served on the earliest search committees in the 1990s when the School was hoping to purchase land and to expand. In addition, he was involved with the capital planning to fund this project, chairing the Campaign Planning Subcommittee. With a sizable lead gift in 2000, he agreed to Co-Chair Building for our Children's Future, the School's first comprehensive capital campaign. With the announcement of his additional $1 million bequest at that same time, he demonstrated his faith in the School and its community, in the next generation of students who will benefit from endowment funds, and in the next succession of leaders who will be inspired by his commitment.