Today's gift - tomorrow's reward
When State College resident David Maneval, PhD, joined a small group of volunteers to plant 1,000 saplings in Pennsylvania’s Nittany Mountains in the spring of 2010, he knew their contributions would preserve the region’s beauty for future generations.
He hopes for the same kind of enduring impact for Geisinger nurses through an endowment focused on continuing education. He established the fund in memory of his late wife, Lyne Maneval, a Geisinger School of Nursing graduate, Class of 1950. “I like the idea of my gifts – whether of time or money – living on in perpetuity, not just going to a one-shot project with limited reach,” says the 84-year-old retired mining engineer, Penn State University and University of Alaska professor, volunteer and philanthropist.
The Maneval Nursing Endowment helps ensure continued professional development for caregivers, benefiting thousands of Geisinger patients each year. “From my work as an engineer and my wife’s work as a nurse, I know how important it is to keep up to date on new improvements and protocols that have developed since someone was in school,” he says. “Medical science, in particular, is continually evolving, so nurses need opportunities to learn what’s new and how to apply that information to care for their patients. I’m sentimentally attached to Geisinger, and I’m appreciative of all it has meant to my wife, to me, and to my family.”
Life the saplings now growing in the Nittany Mountains, the gift that seeded the Maneval Nursing Endowment will provide lasting benefits for generations of nurses to come.
Learn more about endowment gifts that benefit education and patient care.