Warren Childers kneeling on a tree trunk over a river

Leaving a Legacy

What is the Embry-Riddle Legacy Society and how can you join?

Embry-Riddle donor and Legacy Society member Warren Childers (’75) remembers what it was like to struggle in college.

“When I was a student at Embry-Riddle, I didn’t have a lot of money at the time, and I got grants and loans,” he says. “I know what it’s like to need a little financial help to get through.”

That’s one of the reasons he and his wife Kristine joined the Legacy Society by making a planned gift to fund scholarships for students.

The Legacy Society was founded in 1998 to express appreciation and recognition for those visionary individuals, like the Childers, who inform the university, confidentially and in writing, that they have made a provision for a future gift through a bequest in a will or by naming Embry-Riddle a beneficiary in a trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan.

Planned gifts such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts also qualify as future gifts, and they can provide lifetime income to donors or other beneficiaries. Planned gifts may be either unrestricted or designated for a particular Embry-Riddle department or program. They also may be named for one or more individuals.

Legacy Society member benefits include:

  • Invitations to exclusive university and educational events
  • Invitation to annual Legacy Society dinner
  • A lifetime subscription to Lift, the university’s magazine for alumni and friends
  • Legacy Society lapel pin

By becoming a member of the Legacy Society, you help secure the university’s place as a world leader in aeronautical education and applied research.

We invite you to create your own legacy by helping those who follow to realize their dreams. If you have already named Embry-Riddle in your will or other aspect of your estate plan, thank you, and please call or email us so we can document your gift. We want to be sure that we fulfill your wishes.

To inquire further about joining the Legacy Society, contact Travis Grantham, Executive Director of Gift Planning and Special Gifts, at  386-226-7568 or  travis.grantham@erau.edu.