John Waterbury’s Gifts Honor His Dad and the Institute Where He “Grew Up”

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John Waterbury’s father was the treasurer of The Franklin Institute in the 1950s and ’60s, and John says he “basically grew up at the Institute.” He became a member at 16 and maintained his membership even after he moved to New Hampshire. As a retiree, John visits as often as possible with his sister who still lives in the Philadelphia area. Now he has funded a charitable gift annuity with the Institute that pays him income for life, with the remainder to go to the Institute.

“I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I am making it possible for others to experience some of the things that have meant so much to me,” John says.

John explains his reason for choosing a gift annuity: “I was looking for an income stream where I could get a tax advantage for some appreciated common stock.” By funding an annuity with appreciated stock, donors can avoid paying capital-gains tax.

John began accelerating his support for the Institute in 2014, when the Karabots Pavilion opened and donors were given the opportunity to buy a tribute tile along the walkway.

“I decided to honor my father, Cecil Waterbury, who had been the treasurer,” John said. “In the summer I would go to work with him and spend the day prowling through the museum. Purchasing a tile opened a dialogue with the development staff, who were curious about the connection to someone from New Hampshire. Daniele Greiner (major gifts officer) gave my sister and me a tour of the offices where our father used to work. This resulted in me upgrading my membership to the Benefactor level.”

Now retired from his career as a systems analyst/programmer in the life insurance industry, John has more time to visit—including attending opening galas for new exhibits. He concluded, “I can’t think of a place that does a better job of encouraging visitors to learn more about the world around us.”

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