Rob Glancy ’01
You are never too young to plan for your future or your legacy.
Alumnus Rob Glancy ’01 took this advice to heart and recently included Wheeler as a beneficiary of his estate plan. His gift will support the arts, a program that first brought Rob to Wheeler as a ninth-grader and still remains important to him today. As he was planning for his 10th Reunion in 2011 he thought it was a good time to reflect on what Wheeler has meant to him and take action to show his gratitude.
Here is an excerpt from a conversation with Rob about his gift to Wheeler.
How did you come to consider creating a will?
My financial advisor recommended that I have a will. My initial reaction was ‘of course, why hadn't I thought of that before.’ But who really thinks about it and especially at my age? (Rob was 28 when he made his plans.) The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I should write my ambitions and wishes down so they would be followed. Even though my family knows generally what my wishes are, it needs to be in a will so it will happen.
How did you ultimately decide Wheeler as the beneficiary of your legacy gift?
Even before (the conversation with my advisor), I always intended to support Wheeler. I support the school as much as I can through volunteer work and gifts to the Wheeler Annual Fund. And this legacy gift was a good extension of that, for down the road. (Rob was an Alumni Board member until he relocated to Washington DC in 2014.)
I feel so strongly about education. I learned to be a life-long learner at Wheeler. This curiosity was critical to my success in college and later.
High school is a big part of the formative years, where you get on ‘your road’. I want to support the kind of environment that really gets you on your path, helps open your eyes, gives you courage to try new interests, and to be proactive about your own education. Wheeler taught me that. It's where I defined what my interests are.
Who or what inspires you to be philanthropic?
Definitely my parents and grandparents, although they are quite private about their philanthropy; I wanted to be more public to hopefully encourage other alumni to make similar choices.
What would you say to other alumni about leaving a legacy gift to Wheeler?
First, it is never too early, or late, to set your priorities in writing.
Alumni support shows how enduring the Wheeler spirit is. The (Wheeler) experience, although it has changed over the years, is vibrant and integral to every child's success.
There are alumni, who came before each of us, who helped make our experience what it was by being generous. Hopefully my gift will inspire others, young alumni in particular, to make a bequest to Wheeler or further motivate others who are able to make a financial contribution today.
Also, I think it is important for all alumni to know that even younger alums want to make a difference through their philanthropy.
Finally, I would say give it some thought, think about what Wheeler has meant or still means to you, and maybe say "thank you" in the same way.