Giving to Yale

Donor Stories

Yale is profoundly grateful for the support provided by donors who have made planned gifts to the University. Through their generosity, they create meaningful legacies for future generations. Here are some of their stories.

Preserving the past and looking toward the future
Stanley Simbonis ’53, ’57 M.D. is the epitome of a Yale scholar. With interests spanning zoology, music, baseball, pathology, international relations, and Greek language and culture, it is no surprise that Dr. Simbonis, son of Greek immigrants, is a lifelong learner. Read more
Educating future spiritual leaders
Bradford E. Ableson ’85 M.Div. was a career Navy chaplain who took part in most major United States military operations in the past two decades. He also served as chaplain at Camp David during the Clinton administration, providing pastoral care to the president and his family. Read more
A Father’s Creation Inspires a Daughter’s Gift
Victoria DePalma established a charitable gift annuity for the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Read more
Why I Use the Charitable IRA Rollover to Make Gifts to Yale: Alexander D. Forger ’50 LL.B.
"The charitable IRA rollover gives me an extraordinary opportunity to acknowledge the value of a Yale Law School education and to be able to do so in a tax efficient manner." Read more
Why I Give to Yale: Herbert Zohn ’54
Herb Zohn has endowed a named scholarship fund through his charitable gift annuities, which support future generations of artists emerging from the School of Art. Read more
The Importance of Giving Back: Donna Dubinsky ’77
“As I contemplated my gift to Yale, I found a beautiful vehicle that could both benefit my parents as well as the next generation of students at the same time.” Read more