Taking a "Hands-on" Approach to Gift Planning
During his long and productive career, Hal Beesley '74 has enjoyed taking a hands-on approach toward the various engineering projects he's worked on, and attributes it in part to the experience he gained during his days at Rensselaer.
That's one reason why he and his wife, Carole, give back to Rensselaer—and by contributing appreciated securities, it's a great way to reduce their cost of giving while benefiting Rensselaer with the full market value of the security.
Hal received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer—followed by a master's degree in biomedical engineering. He also met Carole there, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. Hal went on to get a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Soon after he joined 3M where he remains today, having served in several quality control, research and production-related roles.
Hal regards all of his time at Rensselaer to be both valuable and useful. "Rensselaer provided a lot of hands-on experience in the labs—which was very important for me," he says. "Over the years I've used something from almost every class I was in and applied them to my job."
In return, Hal has shown his gratitude by donating to Rensselaer in 23 of the past 26 years, and he's increased his giving with gifts of stock from 3M, which has allowed him to double his gift through their corporate match program.
"Since my wife and I have worked for 3M for many years and purchased company stock along the way, it allows us to contribute stock shares from those early years and diversify our stock holdings by donating the shares to RPI," Hal says. "It was really the best option for us, and everyone benefits from the fact that the shares have appreciated nicely."
Hal readily recognizes how the contributions can help future students and programs. "I received a scholarship myself, so in a sense it's our way of giving back to Rensselaer so future students can benefit from new facilities and equipment, scholarships or faculty support."
Why not help the students of Rensselaer by giving appreciated securities today? Go to www.alumni.rpi.edu/stock for instructions on how to make your gift.