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Include Landmark College in Your Will

The Charles Drake Legacy Society is a prestigious group reserved for those generous Landmark College supporters who have chosen to include a gift to the College in their will or estate plans. There are many benefits to naming Landmark College in your will, but the benefit that matters most is the impact it will have on future generations. Legacy giving offers you a way to make a difference, far beyond the measure of your lifetime.

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Dr. Charles Drake

Please fill out and submit our online Charles Drake Legacy Society Membership Form.

Check this Sample Language for Charitable Bequests document [pdf] for help with guidelines and specific legal language to include Landmark College in your will.

If you would like to discuss your deferred gift plans, please contact Ellen Smith at 802-387-6870 or ellensmith@landmark.edu.

To become a member of the Charles Drake Legacy Society you can choose to make provisions for Landmark College through:

  • A bequest in your will
  • A charitable trust
  • A life insurance policy
  • A gift of real estate, securities, or other property
  • A retirement plan
  • Or additional options

Charles Drake, Ed.D., was a Harvard-trained educational pioneer who recognized the need for a college devoted to students who learn differently. Dr. Drake identified the campus of the former Windham College as a potential site and took bold leadership steps to establish Landmark College as the premier college for students with LD. The College was incorporated by the State of Vermont in 1983 and opened its doors to students in 1985.

Despite severe dyslexia, Dr. Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s in divinity, and a doctorate in education. In 1971, Dr. Drake founded Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts, exclusively for students with learning disabilities. Its educational philosophy — and subsequently, that of Landmark College — grew largely out of Dr. Drake’s own struggle with dyslexia, as well as his education and research over several decades.

“We are here for the serious purpose of getting students to achieve their goals and to reach their skill level,” Dr. Drake said.

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