For David Weiss ’81, making legacy gifts is part of a proud family tradition. “My grandfather was the first person in our family who was successful on a level that allowed him to be philanthropic. He told stories about his involvement in various non-profits, and it made an impression on us. Making planned gifts to the institutions we care most about became a family habit, and MICDS has always been on the top of that list,” recalls Weiss.
Weiss’ father (Sanford Weiss ’50) and uncle (Richard Weiss ’55) endowed Weiss Track at MICDS in the mid-1990s upon Richard’s untimely passing. “Witnessing this act of philanthropy put giving high in my mind and made it heavy in my heart, which is why I thought it was important to include MICDS in my own estate plan,” explains Weiss.
“When I first made up my estate plan, I wasn’t married and didn’t have a child. No one relied on a bequest from me at that time, so I considered what to do.” ”
“I realized I’m not going to live forever but maybe what I leave to MICDS will.”
David Weiss ’81
Now, nearly 30 years later, Weiss and his husband, Bobby Sanderson, are parents at the School, making the value of an MICDS education even more top of mind. “The most important thing I took from my Country Day education was an appreciation for the blocking and tackling of everyday learning. I was taught how to really dig into something to figure it out and get it accomplished,” recounts Weiss. “I just hope others realize that outstanding institutions like this one need to be around in order for our region and our country to remain strong. The problems in our society are not going to get any easier so an institution like MICDS needs to be there to train future generations on how to problem-solve. One way to do that is to think about them when you plan your estate.”
Since receiving his diploma from Country Day, Weiss has served as Class Agent for the CDS Class of 1981 for most of the past 40 years, and as a member of the Collaboration & Inclusion Committee. He has also smiled and dialed his way through countless phonathons on behalf of the School. Alum, donor, parent, and volunteer: David Weiss ’81 is paying it forward with one eye on the past as he continues his family’s tradition of planned giving.
If you are interested in joining the Eliot & Thompson Society for planned giving donors and creating your own legacy at MICDS without spending anything today, contact Amy McFarland Dove ’85, Director of Development, at 314-995-7372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.