Unity of Purpose: Dennis and Susan Joslin
Dennis Joslin, Ph.D., and his wife Susan Bauers-Joslin, Ph.D., have made estate plans that will leave a lasting legacy at Nebraska Methodist College—The Josie Harper Campus. Dennis and Susan began their careers at Methodist School of Nursing in 1976 and 1982, respectively. Today, Dennis serves as the President of Nebraska Methodist College, and Susan is an adjunct professor and owner of her own organizational development consulting business.
From their first day on the job, they were amazed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the students and knew they wanted to give more to them. They chose to accomplish this through Methodist Hospital Foundation. "We were impressed by the unity of purpose, clarity of vision and the passion of Methodist Hospital Foundation," says Dennis. "Although we made annual pledges through the Caring Campaign we wanted a way to get even more involved."
The perfect opportunity came when Methodist Hospital Foundation offered a chance for Methodist employees to purchase life insurance policies by making monthly payments through payroll deductions. Dennis and Susan seized this opportunity. They each listed Methodist Hospital Foundation as a beneficiary on their life insurance policy, and within five years they had a paid-up policy and a significant gift to the Foundation. "Life insurance allowed us to give a larger gift than our estates alone would allow us to give. It is a great way to maximize the size of your gift to Nebraska Methodist College, Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center, Methodist Women's Hospital or anything you have a passion about," says Dennis.
Not surprisingly, Dennis and Susan designated their gifts to the college. "The beginning of the scholarship program at the College was a remarkable moment, and being able to touch so many lives by contributing to this program is deeply touching," says Susan.
Dennis couldn't agree more: "I wanted to make a life-changing impact on the recipients, and it is really gratifying to know my gift is going to help support future health care professionals. It is an investment for the future of health care."
Dennis and Susan continue to give to the Foundation and want to stress that every gift, no matter what the size, is important and is essential to the success and well-being of the Foundation to carry out its mission. "Everyone can find reasons not to give, but there are remarkably important reasons to give," continues Susan. "I feel what you put into the world comes back to you. In health care you can make a clearer connection because all of our lives will be touched at some point by the need of health care."
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