The Frank Palmer Speare Society honors alumni and friends who demonstrate their generosity and commitment to Northeastern through an estate provision or other planned gift. Members of the Frank Palmer Speare Society qualify by making simple bequests to Northeastern, naming the University as a beneficiary of a living trust, life insurance policy, or a qualified retirement plan, or by establishing a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or charitable lead trust.
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Michael Winston, BA '10
Michael Winston is our youngest Frank Palmer Speare member. Michael knew exactly what he wanted in a college. "I chose Northeastern because of everything it offers," he says. "I wanted to build my résumé with amazing real–world experiences. I wanted opportunities to travel abroad. And I wanted the excitement of living in Boston." His choice paid off and today, Michael is working as a consultant, a job he secured during his final semester. But the young alumnus isn't just forging his own future—he's planning for Northeastern's, too.
In appreciation for his Northeastern experience, Michael and his parents, Jeffrey and Susan, have named the university as a beneficiary of their estate. The gift, which costs them nothing during their lifetime, will ensure that future students benefit from Northeastern's unique brand of learning. "If something were to happen to my parents and me tomorrow, we want to be sure the money is put to good use," says Michael. "When I considered which charities I wanted to support with my inheritance, I immediately thought of Northeastern."