David Halstead '91

David Halstead '91St. Lawrence is a special place that helped shape us into the adults we have become, taught us the value of our education and showed us how we can contribute to the global world in which we live.

I always felt that giving back to people and institutions that impacted me and the community was important. From a young age, my parents exhibited the significance of philanthropy and instilled that value as something to emulate and carry forward in my life. Those principles were further cultivated during my days in Canton, at Reunions, while on Alumni Executive Council and in my ongoing interactions with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

There are many ways any of us can give back to St. Lawrence: mentor students, volunteer for reunion, support a student internship, join Alumni Executive Council and, of course, donate regularly. Another impactful way to give back is by joining us in the G. Atwood Manley Society.

I joined the Manley Society by giving the gift of life insurance because the originally intended need for the income of that particular policy expired. Life insurance is a lower-cost way to include St. Lawrence in your estate plans while creating a big impact on the University. It may be time to review your current life insurance policy to determine if the beneficiary no longer needs the proceeds, your debts are paid off or you no longer have a mortgage, as examples. I came to a personal conclusion that a portion of that policy should be granted to something else I care about - St. Lawrence.

With a gift of life insurance, you are not just giving St. Lawrence an asset, you are leaving memories. A Manley Society gift enables you to provide ongoing support, continue your legacy of giving, and send a message of value to our St. Lawrence community. We pride ourselves on being Laurentians For Life – why not become a Laurentian Forever?