“The nature is that they (pipeline gifts) are associated in individual mortality which is an unpredictable state, so the more planned gifts you identify, the more depth of your pipeline giving. You always have some opportunity to receive a major gift from donors … for the most part, it’s continued giving,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel’s planned gift serves as his commitment to the university and the future of youth. He hopes others consider making a commitment through a planned gift.
“I think that for me, and I hope for others, it’s a commitment in the faith that the feature contribution of countless young people in assuring we have a quality of life not only in this community but others. That quality of life is supported by what happens here at FSU. If for no other reason, it’s a faith in generations yet to be born to have an opportunity to become all that they can become,” McDaniel said. “Fayetteville State and other institutions like Fayetteville State have paved the way for generations of young people to make a contribution to our society that without the university, they would never be able to make.”
To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust. Supporters become a member of the Legacy Circle when they provide FSU with a copy of their will or codicil to their will.
Hardy graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in education. The one time Miss National Alumni Association Queen spent her career in the Wayne County Public School System teaching primary grades and then became a certified reading teacher. She went on to retire as a Title 1 Coordinator.
“Teachers have a permanent impact on children’s lives and are preparing them for the real world,” Hardy said. “Because of Fayetteville State I was able to have the career I did and I just want to support it (the University). I do all I can for Fayetteville State … I have friends that I made at Fayetteville State that we have continued to be best friends all these years. We’ve been out for 43 years and we’re still best friends … the relationships I made make Fayetteville State so special.”
Hardy has served her local FSU alumni chapter, the Goldsboro/Wayne Alumni Chapter, in several leadership capacities. While she was president of the chapter, they received the Tom Joyner Hardest Working Alumni Chapter Award. She now serves as the treasurer.
Hardy is active in her church and in the Goldsboro/Wayne County Retirees Association. She is also an alumni of AKA Sorority and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She has two adult children and one grandchild. She was married to the late Larry Harding who graduated from FSU in 1966.
Hardy encourages other classmates and alumni to think about a planned gift as a way to give back to the university. The class of 1964’s reunion gift totaled $100,000 with many of the gifts being planned or legacy gifts.
The Bronco Legacy Circle is a designated group that honors those who designate FSU as a beneficiary through planned giving. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust. Supporters become a member of the Legacy Circle when they provide FSU with a copy of their will or codicil to their will.