Leaving a Legacy for Those Who Follow

Dad and son having fun outdoors.

Bridge Builder Society - Estate Planning

The Bridge Builder Society is reserved for Betas and Friends of Beta who have chosen to leave a legacy for the future of Beta Theta Pi through their will or estate plans. More than 225 Betas and Friends of Beta have made the Beta Foundation beneficiaries of estate gifts such as bequests, life insurance policies, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities, living revocable trusts, or various retirement plans.

Most Common Ways to Make a Planned Gift

      1. Charitable Bequest - Include language in your will or living trust that leaves cash, securities, property or a percentage of your estate to the Beta Foundation. (For sample language, click here.) You can make a will in 20 minutes or less completely free of charge using FreeWill.
      2. Retirement Plan Beneficiary - Name the Beta Foundation as a beneficiary of your 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan.
      3. Life Insurance Policy - Name the Beta Foundation as the owner and/or beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

If you would like to join The Bridge Builder Society, simply complete the Planned Gift Verification Form and mail it to the Beta Theta Pi Foundation at PO Box 6277, Oxford, OH 45056. If you would like more information about The Bridge Builder Society, or would like to discuss other planned gift options such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts or gifts of property, please contact Chief Foundation Officer Phil Fernandez, Miami ’06, at 800.800.BETA or


The Bridge Builder

An old man going a lone highway
Came in the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast, both deep and wide,
The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The swollen stream was as naught to him;
But he stopped when safe on the farther side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength in labor here;
Your journey will end with the closing day,
You never again will pass this way.
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide
Why build you this bridge at eventide?”

The laborer lifted his old gray head,
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth, after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm which has been naught to me
To that young man may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim.
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."

- Miss Will Allen Dromgoole