A Legacy of Giving—Dr. B. Edgar Johnson’s 16 NNU Gift Annuities

Dr. B. Edgar Johnson

"I established gift annuities through Northwest Nazarene University because while I enjoy the income and tax benefits during my lifetime, I know that the B. Edgar and Kathryn Johnson Endowment and its recipients will benefit for generations to come."

—Dr. B. Edgar Johnson

Dr. B. Edgar Johnson relocated to Nampa in 1990 after a long and fruitful life of Christian ministry as a pastor and later as the general secretary of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Johnson’s wife of 63 years, Kathryn, passed away in February 2007. In 2009, Dr. Johnson married Vada Kellerer, and together they enjoyed the blessings of community service until Dr. Johnson passed away on February 17, 2012.

In his "retirement," B. Edgar worked with the same commitment and dedication as in prior years by creating ways to bring people together and improve the Nampa community. Dr. Johnson was instrumental in launching 15 nonprofit organizations and coalitions for the purpose of strengthening families and assisting underserved children. His call to service was rooted in the call to ministry he received at the age of 16. B. Edgar described it as God speaking to him, “not in audible words, but louder.”

Throughout his life, Dr. Johnson served thousands of people and volunteered at numerous charitable organizations locally and around the world. Northwest Nazarene University was included in his expressions of love and service as a recipient of his time, talent, finances and an endowed scholarship.

Dr. Johnson established his first gift annuity with NNU in 1994 because he liked the idea of fixed lifetime income, much of which is tax free. He also appreciated that the gift annuity offered a very nice immediate charitable income-tax deduction. Like so many others, Dr. Johnson didn't stop after setting up his first gift annuity; he established a total of 16 charitable gift annuities with the University! (Many people who fund a gift annuity do so again and again because of the relatively high fixed payments and attractive tax benefits.) The residual balance of his 16 gift annuities was added to the principal of the B. Edgar & Kathryn Johnson Endowed Scholarship so that even more students will be able to attend NNU for years and years to come.

NNU is blessed to have had the support of Dr. Johnson, who found the charitable gift annuity an attractive way to become a Legacy Partner with Northwest Nazarene University.



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