NIC receives third largest gift in the history of the college; $735,000 to nursing program through estate of John L. Harrison

North Idaho College received the third largest gift in the 73-year history of the institution late last week.
Through the estate of John L. Harrison, a memorial gift was received by the NIC Foundation for use by the NIC Nursing Department for $735,000.
“We at the North Idaho College Foundation are sincerely grateful to Mr. Harrison for making this very generous gift,” said NIC Foundation President Dick Sams. “Planned giving is such an excellent way for individuals to give back to their community by remembering the causes they believe in, and we are grateful Mr. Harrison thought highly of North Idaho College and included us in his estate planning.”
Harrison died April 27, 2005 at the age of 98. He was a longtime Coeur d’Alene resident, having attended schools in the Coeur d’Alene District as well as the University of Idaho. He was the golf course supervisor at the Hayden Lake Country Club for 42 years.
“This gift can only make our superb nursing program even stronger,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “All of us at North Idaho College are touched by this thoughtful gesture. I am certain Mr. Harrison knew his gift would provide eternal benefit to this area.”
The NIC Foundation was the largest single recipient of funds in Harrison’s living trust, accounting for more than one-fifth of the fund. The gift is designated for the NIC Nursing Department, making this the largest gift ever received by the department.
“For once I am almost speechless; this gift is tremendous,” said NIC Health Professions and Nursing Director Lita Burns. “My only regret is not being able to personally thank Mr. Harrison for his generosity. Without a doubt our nursing program will be strengthened as a result of this gift.”
The gift carries no restriction except that it be used to support the NIC Nursing Department. College and NIC Foundation officials will begin discussions soon regarding the best use of the funds.

For More Information
NIC Foundation Development Coordinator Pam Noah, (208) 665-2750

Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2006

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