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Stilgebouer Legacy Society

The Stilgebouer Legacy Society exists to honor and recognize partners of William Jessup University who have generously made a charitable deferred gift to Jessup.


Continuing a Strong Tradition of Charitable Support

Legacy Giving donors provide essential support that enables Jessup to remain the premier Christ-centered university in Northern California. Over the years, William Jessup University has received numerous legacy gifts from loyal supporters of WJU.The Stilgebouer Legacy Society was established in 2018 to recognize and honor these legacy-minded individuals who have made a charitable deferred gift to William Jessup University.


Giving Options

Giving options include gifts in wills or living trusts or life income plans such as gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts. They may also include beneficiary designation of retirement plans, brokerage accounts, and life insurance policies. Some outright techniques such as gifts of real estate also make donors eligible for membership in The Stilgebouer Legacy Society. These giving vehicles offer Jessup supporters creative and flexible strategies to pursue charitable and financial goals while supporting the mission and vision of Jessup.

Recognizing a Legacy-Minded Supporter

The society is named after Larry Stilgebouer, who has given generously and faithfully to Jessup for over 40 years. Larry observed the significant changes that took place as Jessup went from its modest roots as San Jose Bible College to a fast-growing liberal arts university that continues to keep Christ as its central focus. Because of this, Larry chose to give beyond his regular faithful giving and designated a charitable deferred gift through his estate in order to leave a Christ-centered legacy through his giving

Becoming a Member

If you are interested in learning how a legacy gift can help establish your legacy at Jessup, please contact the University Advancement Department here. Our team of experts will be happy to speak with you. If you have already provided for the university through a legacy gift but have not yet informed us, please complete the following form. Jessup appreciates receiving information from members of the Stilgebouer Legacy Society regarding the specific purpose of any legacy gift. This allows us to review your gift language to ensure that Jessup will correctly implement the intent of your donation.

Stilgebouer Legacy Society Members

  • David and Joyce Bladorn
  • Richard and Pamela Carlson
  • Bill and Janelle Clarke
  • David C. and Evelyn D. DeRoos
  • Thomas M. Dowd
  • John and Pam Jackson
  • Joe and Cynthia Knight
  • Verne and Melody Murray
  • Percy Family Living Trust
  • David and Dian Ruder
  • John and Gail Ruhlen
  • Jim and Virginia Sinclair
  • Larry Stilgebouer and Donna Jennings
  • Susan Taylor
  • Three (3) Anonymous Donors
  • Nineteen (19) Matured Donor Gifts