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The 1882 Society is a group of donors who have chosen to include Maine College of Art in their estate plans.  1882 Society members have made a decision to leave their legacy through a bequest, charitable trust, future gift of real estate or other planned gift.  

Financial support for MECA strengthens the underlying foundation of its successful educational programs. With some planning, a gift can benefit the College and create tax advantages for the donor. There are several means of making planned gifts. Please consult with us on how these different forms might be most beneficial to you. Before entering into any agreements with Maine College of Art or other charitable organizations, be sure to consult your tax advisor.

Please contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President for Institutional Advancement by emailing bconrad@meca.edu or by calling 207.699.5017.

1882 Society

Maine College of Art's 1882 Society gratefully recognizes individuals who have amde arrangements for the College in their estate plans.

Deborah A. Bates '83
George L.Brett •
Douglas R. Coleman, Jr.
Allerton Cushman
Roger Gilmore H'02
James B. Goodbody H'80 •
Constance Hayes '80, H'03 and George Terrien
Alison D. Hildreth '76
Albert C. Hubbard and Christopher Deane
Candace Pilk Karu
Grace Nelson '82
Lorraine Lazzari
Marta Morse
Palmina Pace
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence P. Sisson
Joan Fowler Smith H'01 and Duncan Smith
Katy Stenhouse '91
Carl Benton Straub
Dr. Philip Thompson, Jr., H'91
Susan H. Webster
Caron C. Zand

Deceased, H Honorary Degree

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You can make provisions in your will for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or specific items or assets.  Sample language for each provision is provided here:

Percentage of Residuary
“I give to Maine College of Art of Portland, Maine, or any institution succeeding to its interests, whether by merger, consolidation or acquisition of assets, to be used [for its general purposes] [for a specific program, such restriction heretofore accepted by the College] ______% of my residuary estate”

Specific Dollar Amount
“I give to Maine College of Art of Portland, Maine, or any institution succeeding to its interests, whether by merger, consolidation or acquisition of assets, to be used [for its general purposes] [for a specific program, such restriction heretofore accepted by the College] the sum of $_______________”

Specific Assets
“I give to Maine College of Art of Portland, Maine, or any institution succeeding to its interests, whether by merger, consolidation or acquisition of assets, to be used [for its general purposes] [for a specific program, such restriction heretofore accepted by the College] ________________(e.g., 500 Shares of xyz stock)

If you already have a will and wish to make a provision for the Maine College or Art without rewriting your will, you may add such a provision with a codicil.

Please contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President for Institutional Advancement by emailing bconrad@meca.edu or by calling 207.699.5017.

You can name Maine College of Art to receive the proceeds of a life insurance policy or a retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b) or other pension benefit plan.  This can only be accomplished by using the beneficiary designation form available from the insurance company, retirement plan administrator or IRA trustee.  Because these assets often carry heavy income and/or estate tax burdens, they are ideal assets to use for charitable gifts.  Donors should be careful to name the charity on the designation of beneficiary form to obtain the maximum tax savings and administrative efficiency.

Please contact Rebecca Swanson Conrad, Vice President for Institutional Advancement by emailing bconrad@meca.edu or by calling 207.699.5017.