Supporting the Yale Experience
“I wanted to make a commemorative gift for my twenty-fifth reunion and pay forward the generosity of the Yale experience,” said Ravi D. Goel ’93, a New Jersey ophthalmologist. “I realized the charitable gift annuity (CGA) was perfect for me.”
Goel’s CGAs will endow a scholarship in Yale College. “The new residential colleges and expanding student body motivated me to make my gift for financial aid,” Goel said. “I wanted to support Yale College students at this exciting time and in perpetuity.”
Goel’s CGAs will also provide crucial support closer to home. “My mother will receive income from the CGAs,” Goel said. “She will receive payments quarterly for the rest of her life. The annuity rates are competitive, and the CGAs give her diversified financial security. This is a wonderful opportunity to support mom and Yale.
Since his time as a student, Goel, who served on the Yale Development Council, has nurtured a passion for Yale. “When I first arrived on campus, I became fascinated by the history and architecture of the university. I spent many study breaks learning about Yale history, student life, clubs, and societies. I was an editor for the Yale Daily News and belonged to a fraternity and a debating society.
“On Commencement Day 1993, I promised myself that I would repay the generosity I received from the university and from generations of alumni who have supported the Yale experience. I was one of many students who could never dream of attending Yale without the benefit of financial aid.
“I want to leave a legacy of support for the opportunities Yale creates for its students,” Goel added. “The CGA is the perfect way for me to give to Yale and help my mom. Plus, it has both charitable and financial advantages. For me, the CGA is an extraordinary opportunity.”