Over the years, Marion Brant (COE '30) has seen the value of an excellent education. As a 1930 College of Engineering graduate, he experienced the revolutionary Herman Schneider era. Schneider, the renowned Dean and UC President who introduced cooperative education in the U.S., pioneered a program that made a tremendous impact on Marion's life.
Marion credits his professional success to the strong co-op experience he received while at UC. As a student, he worked for Peters Cartidge Co. and for U.S. Grinders, which later became Milacron.
"Because of co-op, I had something more to offer employers than the average graduate," says Marion. "Co-op exposes students to the real world, which is something that a purely academic program can't do."
Marion has expressed his appreciation for his degree by giving back to UC. He has given his time, as an active member of UCATS and the Alumni Association. And he has given financially, at a University-wide level and to his own college to ensure its continued growth.
In 1996, he set up a charitable gift annuity that helps his beloved University and provides him with additional income over his lifetime. By choosing the charitable gift annuity (CGA), Marion was able to dictate how often he wished payments to be made to him, whether he wanted payments for his life alone and/or someone else, and which assets he uses to fund the annuity.
In addition to lifetime payments, the CGA offers donors significant benefits including a substantial income-tax deduction, tax-free income, and reduction of capital gain taxes. "I benefited from a great education at UC, and it seems natural to me to give back," says Marion. "The annuity made sense to me both financially and philosophically."