Planned Giving

The John Clarke Legacy Society

“My attorney suggested that I might enjoy the act of giving my legacy gift today. Becoming a member of the John Clarke Legacy Society has been a very satisfying experience. My mother-in-law, Marion Wood, was a teacher at Clarke for many years and my gift honors her dedication to teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing.”

-Joyce Gare

More than 150 years ago, John Clarke dreamed of creating a school where children who were deaf could gain the learning and speaking skills they needed to succeed. His own gifts and bequest built that dream, and it endures today thanks in large part to bequests and planned gifts from those who followed in his footsteps. They have ensured Clarke’s excellence for generations to come, and we invite you to join them.

The John Clarke Legacy Society honors and recognizes those extraordinary people who have provided for Clarke in their estate plans by means of a bequest, charitable trust, annuity, life insurance policies, retirement plans, and other vehicles. With their permission, members’ names are listed in publications and online, which serves as an encouragement to others. Requests for anonymity are always honored.

If you have already included Clarke in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity, make sure the purpose of your gift is understood and documented, and welcome you as a member of the John Clarke Legacy Society.

To learn more about planned giving and the John Clarke Legacy Society, please contact Cindy Goldberg, Chief Development Officer, at or 413.587.7350.