Planned Giving

Your Legacy is Their Future
Your connection to Orchard as an alum, past parent, parent, grandparent, or friend is an important one. You may have met your best friends here or watched your student grow and flourish as a courageous, compassionate citizen. We invite you to consider this while making your future plans.

Through our partnership with FreeWill, planning a gift in your will is simpler than ever. Their free, secure online platform can help you create your legal will and legacy gift today, at no cost.

Establish your Orchard legacy today, and join the visionary members of our esteemed Gordon H. Thompson Society.

If you would prefer to finalize your will with an attorney, you can also save on legal costs by using FreeWill to document your wishes first.

Already made a gift to Orchard in your will or trust? All you have to do now is fill out this form to let us know. We would love to say thank you.

Assets such as an IRA or a 401(k) may not be included in your will or trust and will need to be planned for separately. You can use this free online resource to designate Orchard as a beneficiary and ensure your assets go to the people and causes you love.

The Gordon H. Thompson Society was established in 1995 to honor the beloved Gordon Thompson who was Head of School for 45 years. The society is a way to thank and honor Orchard's benefactors who have included the school in their estate or life-income plans.
Becoming a Member
The Gordon H. Thompson Society offers you a way to create a permanent legacy to benefit Orchard, both today and in the future. You may make gifts or a bequest of any size to support the school. These planned gifts can also provide you with important tax savings and other benefits to your estate and family.
Any planned gift qualifies you for membership. 
Benefits of Membership 
  • Members of the Society will be recognized with their name on the Gordon H. Thompson Society plaque. 
  • Members of the Society will be recognized in the Orchard School Almanac each year.
  • Members of the Society will be recognized on the Orchard School website.
  • The Development Staff is available to Society members and their financial advisors to discuss estate and gift planning questions and concerns. 
Why Donors Choose The Gordon H. Thompson Society
Your planned gift can meet present and future needs for you, your family and The Orchard School.
Tax Benefits
There are numerous advantages to making a planned gift. We recommend you speak to your financial advisor before making a gift. 
Your gift can provide continuing support to Orchard for years to come in order that future generations of students may be nourished by their own Orchard experiences.

If you have questions or would like to discuss your plans feel free to contact the Development Department (

Gordon H. Thompson Society Members

Kate & Dan Appel '69
Jane Adams Appel '33 & John Carey Appel '29
Evelyn Fortune Bartlett
Laura & Mike
Preston Breunig '56
Alison Brown '65
Elizabeth L. Brown
Michael L. Coppes & Teresa L. Jump
Robertine Buchanan Daniels
Susan E. Woods Danko '76
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Dustman
Mrs. Russell Dustman
Alice O'Neal Dye '40
Nicholas J. Eble '88
Harrison Eiteljorg
Mr. & Mrs. William L. Elder, Sr.
Sheryl French Elliott '72
John C. Ertel Family
Clark Feltner
Gwen A. Fountain
Glenn E. & Mary Frances Gierhart Family
Maude Glore
Eleanor Appel Golden '37 & Benjamin Hitz '36
Ms. Nancy Goodrich '35
Robert D. Gruen
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Holliday
Dennis T. Hollings '79
Mary Lou & Needham S. Hurst
Charlotte Colby Danly Jackson '48
Faye & Victor R. Jose '36
Florence Gipe Krahn '29
Patsy & Willis Kunz
Mr. & Mrs. Arthur W. Larson
Diana & Archie Leslie
Eli Lilly
Frederick G. & Mary Jane Lorenz
Mrs. Ophelia Miller
Perry H. O'Neal '43
John A. Ottlinger '49
Michelle & Doug
Anne Ewing Scheele
John K. & Susan Schneider
Robert M. Seastrom
Miss Peg Sharples
Jane B. Siegel
Diane Meyer Simon
Irving Moxley Springer '29
Mr. Alfred J. & Mrs. Jeanette '33 Stokely
Gordon H. Thompson
Merritt L. & Kathryn H. Thompson
Mary Vance Trent '28
Betty VanDerbilt '29
Jeanette Wainwright
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Wainwright '45
Jeffrey S. Whitesell '79
William A. & Lucy Holliday Wick '40
Ms. Karon Williams '75
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