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Couple gives back to Northwest through life insurance

Couple gives back to Northwest through life insurance

"Susie and I have a great desire to give back to Northwest because of how much we've gained from our experiences with the University. I particularly recognize that the connections I made at Northwest and in the Bearcat community helped to jump-start my career."

Ryan George '00
with his wife, Susie Redelberger George '00,
and daughters, Clara and Cena

"Many of my friends, professors, and coaches became some of my first clients, and I know that's in large part due to their belief in my background and the instruction I received at Northwest. We have found that the Northwest community has become an extension of our family.

"I feel fortunate to be able to work with families every day, helping to create plans that will protect their loved ones and the things they cherish most," Ryan said. "One unique aspect of my job is that I'm constantly forward-thinking, and more specifically, planning with the end in mind. For many of my clients, this means purchasing life insurance policies that monetarily care for their loved ones in the future. Susie and I embrace the same forward-thinking in our own financial plan. As an example, we have policies to ensure that our daughters will be protected in the future. We not only strive to take care of our children, but we also want to give to the University that has opened so many doors for us."

With that in mind, Ryan and Susie have made a planned gift to Northwest by purchasing a joint life insurance policy and transferring the ownership and beneficiary to the Northwest Foundation. The Georges will continue to make an annual, tax-deductible gift to pay for the policy's premium.

"This policy, even if we both live a long time, creates a much larger gift than we could likely have made in our lifetime," Ryan said. "Traditionally, alumni at our age do not engage in this type of planning. However, we chose to commit to this charitable donation now because it allows us to leverage our charitable budget and more importantly, protect one of the things that matters most to us: our philanthropic desire to ensure that excellence continues at Northwest."

Ryan George is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, Wis., and its subsidiaries.


A gift of life insurance is an easy way to ensure a legacy for future generations of Bearcats. Consider these advantages:

  • Make a significant new asset for the University while taking no major assets away from the donor's own beneficiaries
  • Long-range pledges are made possible with small, manageable deposits
  • Tax-deductible donor contributions
  • Does not offset the donor's will or estate plan
  • Satisfaction that Northwest will receive a gift greater than premiums paid
  • Offers an investment in a cause that has a personal meaning to donor
  • Leaves a lasting legacy at Northwest

Contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or [email protected]
to find out about the many advantages of creating a gift through life insurance.

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