For alumna Lisa Bourgeault '83, giving to Pitzer College is a way of paying it forward. After receiving financial assistance as a student, she was encouraged to give to Pitzer when she had the chance. "It was a happily fulfilled obligation. You've got to pass it on," she said.
In this spirit and in support of the school that changed her life, Lisa makes annual gifts to Pitzer College. She wants that to continue after her lifetime, so she made a planned gift to the College.
"I'm fortunate enough to have enough money that I can have that giving continue after my death. I decided I needed to put Pitzer in my will. My time there was so special, and I could not possibly have done it without help. I want to make sure that opportunity is there for other people."
Lisa shared that Pitzer was the most formative experience of her life— the faculty, the community, the stimulating learning environment, the encouragement to explore ideas: "everything I can think of," she said. Today, more than 30 years after graduating, her Pitzer experience continues to be meaningful and guide her life choices.
"In terms of my beliefs about social justice and my political beliefs, Pitzer completely started me on the track I'm on. Every day, when I think about current events or go to the voting booth or decide what causes to give to, all of those things are influenced by Pitzer."
Lisa is thrilled that her planned gift will help provide a Pitzer education to other eager students, ready to learn, think, grow, challenge, explore, dream and change the world.
"Every time I read The Participant and see the amazing things that Pitzer people do, it makes me feel proud to be part of this community, a community of people devoting their lives to causes and making the world a better place."
Lisa encourages others to consider a planned gift to Pitzer because "it gives a person a chance to say this is what I love about Pitzer, and I hope to have it continue," she said. "It's a way to say I want this money to go to the anthropology field group or to rewarding great teachers or to supporting students who are involved in student government or things like that. It's an opportunity to help Pitzer remember where it came from and what kind of impact it had on its students."
Donor Spotlight: Steven Leskin ’84
When Pitzer alumnus Steven Leskin '84 was in high school, he had an opportunity to meet and get to know a small group of alumni. They inspired him to look into attending Pitzer, which changed his life.
"They helped put me on another path," said Steven, who majored in philosophy. "Pitzer definitely got me into a better spot than I was in."
What meant most to Steven during his time at Pitzer were the warm and positive relationships he developed with faculty and staff. He continues to remember these supportive friendships with fondness and appreciation. Now an attorney in private practice, he is confident that Pitzer's "solid, broad education" helped him in his career, he said. As a way to give back, Steven made a gift in his will to support Pitzer College.
"I began thinking about how I could show my gratitude and appreciation to the institutions that impacted my life, and Pitzer was certainly one of them."