Heritage Society Spotlight: Judith McCutcheon Pownall
Foundation, Trident | May 17, 2019

Judith McCutcheon Pownall joined Tri Delta at the University of Toronto where she received both a BA and BEd degree. As an educator, she has previously held teaching and administrative positions in both the public and private school sector, and today she operates a tutoring practice. Teaching is a family affair: her husband, John, is also a teacher.

Tri Delta is also part of her family. Judith’s daughter, Alyson, followed in her mother’s footsteps, joining Canada Alpha Chapter at the University of Toronto. Judith’s sister, Barb McCutcheon, and sister-in-law, Janet Pownall Lefebvre, are also Canada Alpha Tri Deltas.

Giving back to Tri Delta is important for Judith, who has served as a financial specialist and currently serves on the Toronto Alumnae Chapter executive committee, in addition to being a member of Tri Psi, Tri Delta’s mothers’ sorority.

Giving back to Tri Delta extends to planned giving. After making a planned gift to the Tri Delta Foundation, Judith became a member of the Heritage Society. Here, she shares more about why she chose to give back.

Why is giving to the Foundation important?
Giving to the Foundation allows me to provide financial support for young women to experience the sisterhood which I have enjoyed. As a financial specialist, I saw firsthand the power of a grant from the Crescent Fund to help make life easier for a collegiate member.

What encouraged you to become a Foundation donor?
I have been a regular donor every month to support a variety of programs. It is a logical continuation of my commitment as a Life Loyal member.

What drew you specifically to planned giving and becoming a member of the Heritage Society?
Planning ahead is the greatest gift you can give your family, and I wanted to be sure to remember my Tri Delta family in my will.

What legacy would you like to leave for future generations of Tri Deltas?
Tri Delta has given me so much during my life and I would like to be able to help other young women to experience the same. That takes money as well as time.

Why would you encourage other Tri Deltas to consider planned giving?
As a Canadian, there aren’t tax advantages to giving to the Foundation, but there is the satisfaction of knowing that I have contributed to the ongoing financial health of Tri Delta. I chose to make an unrestricted gift as I want my gift to go to the area of greatest need. By including my wishes in my will, my family will know what I want.

Members who designate the Foundation in their wills or estate plans are recognized as members of our prestigious Heritage Society. For information on giving to Tri Delta through your will or estate plan, please contact Tawnya Braeutigam at 817.471.1908 or tbraeutigam@trideltaeo.org.

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