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The William Gibson Society

The Story of William Gibson

In 1891, Cedarville College was still a dream, waiting to become a reality. The state of Ohio chartered the school in 1887; however, due to lack of any meaningful monetary support, Cedarville existed in name only. Those lean years were difficult for the trustees, and their hopes soon faded. They were on the brink of abandoning the entire project.

In November, they received word that the late William Gibson, an influential Cincinnati businessman, had designated $25,000 to Cedarville in his will in memory of his father and business partner, Peter Gibson. News of this estate gift revitalized the board and breathed new life into the young college.

As a member, you will create an enduring legacy that will both preserve Cedarville's heritage and ensure its future for generations to come.

How to Join

The following types of commitments qualify you for membership in the William Gibson Society:

  • A bequest in your will or revocable trust
  • A life-income gift naming Cedarville as a remainder beneficiary, such as a charitable remainder trust or a charitable gift annuity
  • A charitable lead trust that provides income to Cedarville for a donor?s lifetime or a term of years
  • A gift or assignment of qualified retirement plan assets, such as an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or a gift of life insurance.