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Bennington College Donor Stories

Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.

Read their stories below:


Mary Fanelli

Mary Fanelli, Former Parent

Mary Fanelli, mother of Elizabeth “Beth” Chaisson ’86, recently established a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) with Bennington College. A CGA is a simple contract between you and Bennington in which you make a gift of cash, securities or possibly other assets.

Donor SIngrid Burton

Artist Gives Back to Ensure Bennington's Continuation

Sigrid Burton '73 is living proof that financial planning can, in fact, be fun: "My husband and I have enjoyed the process of considering how our assets can directed after our deaths.

Donor Danielle Etzler

Alumna Architect Builds a Legacy at Bennington

While living in Chicago in the 1990s, Danielle Etzler '86 received a phone call from a Bennington student asking her to give to the Annual Fund that year.

Donor Rebecca Mitchell

Taking Care of What's Important

“The act of estate planning itself prompts thoughts about what has been important in your life,” observes Rebecca Mitchell ‘70, who has included Bennington in her will.

Rosalind Moger

Rosalind Moger had never heard of Bennington until Francis Newsom, Roz’s teacher at Brookline High, told his creative writing class it was the best school ever. It was 1957, and her subsequent campus interview with Mrs. Brockway and their discussion of Thomas Hardy confirmed it. Roz remembered the gut feeling, “I could like it here.”