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Donors find a way to give back while supporting their young family.

An education isn’t all Marc Goldman got from The University of Texas at Austin.

“The network I was able to develop at UT has been a big factor in what I’ve been able to accomplish,” says Marc, a real estate developer in Fort Worth. “If you believe you will want to live in Texas for the majority of your career, there’s no better place to attend college than The University of Texas.”

Marc says his real estate partner, a Duke University graduate, marvels at the network he has made through UT.

Marc and his wife, Stacie, graduated from UT in 1996. He earned a degree in economics while she earned degrees in Spanish and marketing. Both were active in campus life. During their time on the Forty Acres, Marc belonged to Silver Spurs, the service organization that takes care of Bevo, and Stacie was head cheerleader. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau, and she belonged to Kappa Kappa Gamma as well as the academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa.

Goldman Family HikingAs loyal Longhorns, the Goldmans knew they wanted to give back to the university that changed their lives. They also want to show their children the importance of giving back to an institution that helped put them on the right track.  The challenge was finding a way to do so while still providing for their three young children. With those goals in mind, the Goldmans included UT in their will, with the money going toward scholarships and faculty retention.

“You want to give back, but raising a young family can be challenging,” Marc says. “The ability to give back through estate planning without having to write that check is a great way to do it.”

UT can even provide suggested wording for people who want to include the university in their wills.

“It was a very easy process,” Marc says.

The couple’s gift will support the prestigious Forty Acres Scholars Program and will create a fund that the university president can use to retain top faculty.

The Goldmans are specifying that their Forty Acres scholarship go to someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend UT due to financial constraints. They want others to have the same opportunities they did.

Goldman Children at Photo Shoot“It’s our way of giving back to UT and financially constrained students in Texas,” Stacie says. “We were both really fortunate that our parents were able to give us the gift of an education at UT, and this pledge will allow less fortunate but ambitious individuals to receive that same gift.”

Marc and Stacie believe a scholarship can change the lives of not only its recipients but also their families.

“We wanted to help change the course of a family for generations through education,” Marc says.

“There are many great causes, but the gift of an education is a passion for us,” Stacie says. “There’s no better way to catapult someone into the world than through a quality education.”

When it comes to building a better UT, the Goldmans know that top-notch students are only part of the equation. That’s why they’re also giving to support faculty.

“We both feel strongly that a top-of-the-line teacher can have a lasting impact,” Marc says.

“If you want to be a top-tiered university, you need the best professors to provide that quality in the classroom,” Stacie says. “And when you have the best, other institutions want to hire them, so this hopefully helps the president retain those individuals.”

A former pharmaceutical representative, Stacie is a stay-at-home mom to the couple’s 7-year-old son, Morgan, and 5-year-old twins, William and Charlotte. Time management skills she learned at UT have paid off in both those roles.

The couple’s priority is their children, but they also want to help future generations, which is why it made so much sense to include UT in their will. With a bequest, it’s possible to make a difference without making a sacrifice.

“The ability to give back today through estate planning is a win-win for all involved,” Marc says.

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