F. Dale Wettlaufer '87


"Providing excellence is not cheap, especially in a world where the competition are no dummies. If we can all support the mission, from across generations and abilities to contribute, we can all make a big difference for Park."


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“Planned giving should play a role in supporting institutions we care about. The more financial capital a school can accumulate over time, the more the school’s human and physical capital can be improved. Improving the learning experience through investment in excellent people, programs, and facilities calls for a large and growing amount of resources. Providing excellence is not cheap, especially in a world where the competition are no dummies. If we can all support the mission, from across generations and abilities to contribute, we can all make a big difference for Park.
 
“I have chosen the simple route of designating Park as a beneficiary of a certain percentage of my personal estate. I could have chosen a dollar amount or funded a separate account, but I opted for simplicity. I personally would like to make my estate as large as possible and spend little time focusing on the minutiae of contingencies and legal vehicles. If I do well personally, Park does well; both are outcomes I would like to see happen.
 
“The educational mission of The Park School is very important to me, so I wanted to make sure my final wishes have been memorialized. I became very ill a few years after graduating from Park and it occurred to me I had no will. Aside from the fact that whatever I had to leave to my beneficiaries at that time was pretty meager, I did actually want to have a say in what happened should the enactment of my final wishes become necessary. Thus I have designated Park in my planned giving for the last 20 years, and I would recommend to all who care about making their wishes known to do it now rather than waiting for a less opportune time.”

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Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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