Carpenter Society

Piedmont Virginia Community College is truly fortunate to live in a community that values education. In the three decades since the PVCC Educational Foundation was incorporated, millions of dollars from generous donors have resulted in new academic programs, new buildings, refurbished facilities and scholarships that make the dream of college a reality.

In addition, we know there are friends and members of the PVCC family who have made a bequest or planned gift to the College. In seeking to recognize and thank these people and to invite others to do likewise, the Educational Foundation Board of Directors has created the Carpenter Society.

The Carpenter Society honors the philanthropic legacy of Grace Carpenter, who has served as chair of the College Board and president of the Educational Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Carpenter is the recipient of the PVCC Medallion, the highest nonacademic honor bestowed by the College, and in 2008 was recognized by the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System as a philanthropic leader in the Commonwealth.

Ms. Carpenter's support for PVCC, which extends to her estate, reflects the evolution of her involvement with the College. Encouraged to seek appointment to the College Board by then-president George Vaughan, she began a "personal journey" to "bring Piedmont off the hill." Later, when she joined the Educational Foundation Board, she successfully convinced many friends and colleagues that supporting the Foundation provided an open door by which the community could participate. Her pitch? "Where would this community be without PVCC?"

As Vice President for Davenport & Company LLC, Ms. Carpenter encourages clients to regularly review their wills and other documents, especially when a life change occurs.

She has a special message for PVCC alumni as they undertake their estate planning. "Remember what PVCC did for you and how important private dollars are for its future."

You Are Invited to Join

Bequests and other planned gifts can have a profound impact on PVCC. They are a forward-looking approach to philanthropy, building for the future. In the United States, by far the most frequent planned gift is a bequest.

You may choose a particular area of interest to support or allow your gift to fund key priorities determined by the College leadership.

You are eligible for membership in the Carpenter Society if you have named Piedmont Virginia Community College as a beneficiary of your:

  • Will or living trust
  • IRA or other retirement plan
  • Life insurance policy
  • Charitable trust or annuity.

If your bequest intention or planned gift information is not already included in our records, you will be asked to complete and sign a member profile indicating your wish to become a  Carpenter Society Member. Note that information regarding your planned gift is confidential.

Members of the Carpenter Society will be acknowledged in the Foundation's donor recognition and will be invited to join fellow members at special events. People who join the society through the 2011 calendar year will be identified as charter members.