Whenever someone donates to the Foundation, it’s a wonderful thing. Every donation is a commitment to the Foundation, a commitment that impacts all students in East Grand Rapids.
Louise Hitt Neesley didn’t have any children. She and her husband, Nate, were longtime residents of East Grand Rapids. She was on the boards of several local organizations. She loved to work in her garden. Louise loved to walk from her house up to Gaslight Village and over to the public library, a path that would have taken her right past East Grand Rapids High School.
Something she saw or heard or experienced on those walks past the high school must have made quite an impression on Louise. When she passed away in 2006, at age 91, Louise donated a portion of her estate to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation.
Imagine that. With no children who attended our schools, Louise still understood how important an outstanding school system is to a community. She knew that so well, in fact, that she decided to make a donation that would have a lasting, positive effect on our schools and our town.
In recognition of Louise Neesley’s selfless donation, the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation has named our Legacy Society the Louise Neesley Legacy Society.
A planned gift to the Foundation shows unconditional support for our schools and our community. We live in a community that is built around our schools and educational excellence. Louise recognized this as an EGR resident and understood the value of the schools and the impact the Foundation can have on our public schools.
When individuals name the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation in their estate plans, they become part of the Louise Neesley Legacy Society and continue to provide benefit to East Grand Rapids Public Schools even after their lifetime.
If you have any questions about the L. Neesley Legacy Society, or any aspect of planned giving, please contact EGRSF Executive Director Amy Stuursma at (616)235-3535.