Webb School of Knoxville
Webb School of Knoxville

Planned Giving


Making a planned gift to Webb School of Knoxville is a thoughtful way to show your support for Webb and the impact the school has had on your life or the life of a family member. Through a planned gift, you can make a meaningful contribution to Webb School while accommodating your own personal, financial, estate-planning, and philanthropic goals. With smart planning, you may actually increase the size of your estate and/or reduce the tax burden on your heirs.

What is planned giving?

Planned giving includes a variety of philanthropic strategies that can help you provide for Webb School while also advancing your own financial and personal goals. Making a planned gift as part of your estate planning is a savvy way to support the school, because it allows you to donate assets, yet defer when Webb actually receives them. The best gift plans improve the donor’s financial and tax situation, often right away.

While there are many ways to establish a lasting legacy for Webb School through planned giving, the most popular method is simply to name Webb as a beneficiary in your will.

For specific language to include to make a bequest for Webb in your will click here.

Webb’s Principes Society was established to recognize and honor Spartan alumni, families, and friends who have thoughtfully provided for the future of Webb School of Knoxville through their will and/or estate plans. Members of this society provide a solid foundation to secure the future financial strength of Webb School. 

Donor Stories: Jeff Chapman ’61

Jeff Chapman was an extraordinary student at Webb School. He excelled in the classroom, while also serving as the president of his class and as a starter on the football team. Little did he know that Webb school would continue to be a part of his life. Following his graduation, Jeff went on to an undergraduate degree at Yale and graduate degrees at Brown and the University of North Carolina. From 1965 to 1971, Jeff served as a teacher of Anthropology and History at Webb. After Webb, Jeff began a well-recognized tenure as a research professor and Director of the Frank McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee. He is known throughout the country for his research and teachings on the Native American population in the Tennessee Valley. Jeff served as a member of the Webb Board of Trustees and was recognized with the Robert Webb Award for service to the school in 2002. His daughters and grandchildren attended Webb as well.

“Webb gave me the academic foundation on which I was able to build my career,” he shared. While I am grateful for the start that Webb gave me, I am so glad to have had a career in which I could pass on the academic lessons that I learned as a student and teacher at Webb to another generation.”

Jeff has always made giving back to Webb a priority.

For years, Jeff and his family have made annual gifts to the Webb Fund and have supported the school’s capital campaigns.  Now, through a planned gift, Jeff has also made Webb a beneficiary of his will. “Through my own experiences with Webb as a student, faculty member, trustee, and parent,  I was able to see first-hand the impact of a Webb education. I am excited to know that I will be able to continue to help Webb in the future through the bequest in my will.”

There are other ways that you can support Webb School in a tax-wise manner:

The planned giving information options provided are not offered as legal or tax advice. For advice or assistance with your particular situation, you should consult an attorney or other professional advisor.

Hugh Nystrom '85

Director of Development

Class of 1985
Phone: 865-291-3837

For more information, please contact:

Hugh Nystrom
Director of Development
Webb School of Knoxville