Gift Planning

Building Westmont's
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Our Gift Planning team has experience across a range of giving opportunities, and we are always available for phone calls and personal visits to discuss your particular areas of interest, from designating Westmont in your wills or trusts to exploring life income gifts with generous tax benefits.

We offer supplemental estate planning and tax guidance information on these web pages through our planned giving partner, Crescendo Interactive, Inc. Based in Camarillo, CA, Crescendo has been a preferred service provider for over 30 years among colleges, universities, faith organizations, professional advisors and other nonprofit organizations.

Kati Buehler
Senior Director of Gift Planning

Mona Motte Wilds
Director of Gift Planning

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A Scholarship Endowment Honoring the Gift of Education

A Scholarship Endowment Honoring the Gift of Education

With years of experience in human resources, Denise Jackson '78 looks for certain qualities when hiring: integrity, a desire to learn and grow, and previous success. She doesn't seek people who put work at the center of their lives - she had to learn for herself the importance of a balanced life.

"Through some personal challenges, I recreated my life and got my priorities in order," she says. "I no longer define myself by my work. There are other things in my life that I want to do and be."

Denise has worked in human resources management at Neiman Marcus, Republic Pictures, Digital Domain, The Walt Disney Company and Career Education Corporation. For over 20 years, she has taught human resources classes for the UCLA extension program, which she loves. She is currently Senior Director for Human Resources for Pacific Clinics. Since 2010, Denise has also served on Westmont's Board of Trustees and as chair of the college's Alumni Council.


To honor her late father and mother, David and Anita Jackson, Denise set up a scholarship in their name that she is contributing to during her lifetime and to be completed through her estate. "My mother and father were terrific parents and mentors," she says. "I didn't want their work to go unnoticed. My mom is a retired teacher, and my dad, now deceased, owned his own business. Education was central in our family life and they educated three children. This is my way of demonstrating the magnitude of my gratitude for the gift of my education."

The scholarship will benefit students of color. Denise is thankful for her Westmont education and lifelong friendships, "So much of the woman I am today is a result of my rich Westmont experience."

Reproduced and adapted with permission from the spring 2006 issue of the Westmont College magazine.

For more information about bequests or scholarship endowments, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (805) 565-6058 or giftplanning@westmont.edu.


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With years of experience in human resources, Denise Jackson '78 looks for certain qualities when hiring: integrity, a desire to learn and grow, and previous success. She doesn't seek people who put work at the center of their lives - she had to learn for herself the importance of a balanced life.

"Through some personal challenges, I recreated my life and got my priorities in order," she says. "I no longer define myself by my work. There are other things in my life that I want to do and be."

Denise has worked in human resources management at Neiman Marcus, Republic Pictures, Digital Domain, The Walt Disney Company and Career Education Corporation. For over 20 years, she has taught human resources classes for the UCLA extension program, which she loves. She is currently Senior Director for Human Resources for Pacific Clinics. Since 2010, Denise has also served on Westmont's Board of Trustees and as chair of the college's Alumni Council.


To honor her late father and mother, David and Anita Jackson, Denise set up a scholarship in their name that she is contributing to during her lifetime and to be completed through her estate. "My mother and father were terrific parents and mentors," she says. "I didn't want their work to go unnoticed. My mom is a retired teacher, and my dad, now deceased, owned his own business. Education was central in our family life and they educated three children. This is my way of demonstrating the magnitude of my gratitude for the gift of my education."

The scholarship will benefit students of color. Denise is thankful for her Westmont education and lifelong friendships, "So much of the woman I am today is a result of my rich Westmont experience."

Reproduced and adapted with permission from the spring 2006 issue of the Westmont College magazine.

For more information about bequests or scholarship endowments, please contact the Office of Gift Planning at (805) 565-6058 or giftplanning@westmont.edu.


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