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We are delighted to make available to you our eNewsletters. Each newsletter features a donor story, explanation of a gift planning vehicle and news from campus. We hope you are inspired by what you read and are encouraged to reach out to us for more information.

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Greetings from Ohio University! As always, I am pleased to provide another issue of The Oracle, Ohio University's Gift Planning newsletter. We are well into summer with the completion of spring semester and graduation. In all, nearly 3,300 undergraduate students walked across the stage in both ceremonies on May 4, 2013. For our summer update, we are excited to recognize Dr. Mary Frances Bryja for her bequest to Women in Philanthropy (WIP). Also in this newsletter you can learn what a bequest is and how it may fit into your estate plans. As always, thank you for your support of Ohio University and I look forward to hearing from you!


 Kelli L. Kotowski
 Executive Director
 Gift Planning & Principal Gifts
 (740) 597-18919 or 

Major Planned Gift to Women in Philanthropy Endowment
By Mariel Jungkunz

ABOVE: Mary Frances Bryja
When Mary Frances Bryja's parents encouraged her to attend college as a first-generation student, they had no way of knowing how far her educational path would take her—and how many other paths it would help pave.

But the lessons her late parents Joe, a coal miner, and Hedy, a factory cutter and trimmer, imparted regarding the value of higher education were deeply ingrained in her.
So much so that Bryja has made a successful career in student affairs, admissions and college counseling, helping fulfill the college dreams of countless students along the way. Today, she is the director of college counseling at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
Additionally, her appreciation for higher education, and Ohio University in particular, have inspired her to give a $1 million bequest to Ohio University's Women in Philanthropy (WIP) Endowment. It is the largest gift to date received by WIP.
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Inside the OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference
By Jennifer Shutt Bowie

ABOVE: Rev. Marcia Cham, 1965 Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences. Courtesy of Ross Brinkerhoff & Chris Franz
More than 100 alumni, students, faculty and staff attended the OHIO Women Making a Difference Conference at Baker Center on Thurs., March 14. Hosted by Women in Philanthropy of Ohio University (WIP), the all-day event provided opportunities for attendees (the majority of whom were women) to network, to learn and to give some of their time, talent and treasure to Ohio University. Take a look at some of the day's memorable moments.  Click here to read more.

What is a Bequest?   
A bequest permits you to leave a lasting legacy through one or more charitable organizations and often provides valuable tax savings. A charitable bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. You can create a bequest of any dollar amount, gift specific property, or designate a percentage of your estate in your will or trust plan.
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