Hendrix Magazine

Garth and Joann Martin

Charting Progress: Charitable Gift Annuities

Garth ’52 and Joann Martin ’55 are making a difference at Hendrix, because they believe Hendrix is making a difference in the world.

The Martins, who met on campus and just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, still have an affinity for Hendrix after all these years. They recently used planned giving as a means to contribute to the college’s Wellness and Athletics Center. The gift garnered them naming rights for the Hall of Honor.

For Garth, who played football, basketball and ran track at Hendrix, the Wellness and Athletics Center was a perfect fit. Joann, however, is more interested in the upcoming Student Life and Technology Center, which she believes will be a benefit to the Hendrix community.

The Martins believe planned giving is a win-win situation for everyone involved. “Through charitable gift annuities, we were able to make a gift to Hendrix,” said Garth, who added his motives weren’t completely altruistic. “The gift also provided us with an additional income.”

The couple, who served on the Alumni Board of Directors for six years, still find time in their busy volunteer schedule to visit campus regularly for special events such as Alumni Weekend and the Candlelight Carol Service.  Joann says they don’t collect “things” and instead choose to use what money they have to help others through planned giving.

“Hendrix has made tremendous strides in the last few years,” said Garth. “This means we may make some strides in the world,” Joann added.

The Martins are making a difference. Will you?

For more information about giving to Hendrix, contact the Office of Advancement at 501-450-1223 or visit www.hendrix.edu/giving.