Development News
Winter 2021
Note from Rob Eccles
Assistant Dean for Development
As we leave the holidays behind and begin the (fully remote) spring semester, I hope this note finds you and your family safe and healthy. While to say the first few weeks of 2021 have been eventful would be an understatement, we are hopeful that as the year progresses it brings with it a return to normalcy. 
The year 2020 was a complex and difficult one for fundraising organizations but nonprofits across the country report some bright spots as well. People remain charitable. Donors have stepped up support for the organizations most important to them. The uncertainty of the pandemic, coupled with societal and political unrest, has prompted many to think—and start making decisions—about their estates and the philanthropic legacies they wish to leave. In many cases, that includes making a charitable bequest.
Here at SC&I, the last quarter of the year saw a number of donors reaching out to learn more about including the school in their estate plans. Others contacted us simply to let us know that they already have provisions in their wills specifying gifts to SC&I. We are grateful for the opportunity to have these conversations, and we sincerely thank these donors, not only for supporting the school and our students in this special way, but for letting us know about it.
Planned gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and often a bequest is the largest and most impactful gift a donor will ever make. If you have been considering your estate plans and would like to learn about supporting the school and our students through a bequest, we would love to hear from you. For now, please read the story below detailing the estate gift of John and Rosemary Little. We honor them posthumously for their very generous support

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February 9, 6:30 p.m.: Explore SC&I’s Master of Communication and Media (MCM) program, now offering a specialization in Corporate Purpose and Social Impact. GRE is optional for Summer and Fall 2021. Register for the MCM info session.
February 11, 6:30 p.m.: Explore SC&I’s ALA-accredited Master of Information (MI) program, one of the top-ranked programs in the country. Register for the MI info session  
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Why We Support SC&I
SPECIAL EDITION: 50 Years of Supporting Rutgers
SC&I recently received a very generous bequest from
the estate of John Edwin Little in memory of his late wife, Rosemary Allen Little, a SC&I alumna. Rosemary
and John were an incredible couple. Married in 1966,
they enjoyed 35 years of marriage and impressive careers.
Rosemary received a bachelor’s degree in English from Douglass College in 1960 and a Master of Library Services (MLS) in 1961 from the Graduate School of Library Service (now SC&I). She worked as an exemplary and influential librarian at Princeton University’s Firestone Library for forty years. Her colleague, Stanley Katz, currently the President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, called her a “marvel, a virtuoso of the legal databases, and an excellent instructor to those of us who do not come by these techniques readily.” She worked on various committees and subgroups within the American Library Association (ALA) and Special Libraries Association (SLA). In recognition of Rosemary’s contributions, the New Jersey Chapter of SLA offers the Rosemary Allen Little Award, benefitting students currently enrolled in SC&I’s Master of Information program. Rosemary passed away in 2001.
An historian and editor of historical documents, John retired in 2015 as associate editor/research associate at Princeton University on The Papers of Woodrow Wilson and The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. He passed away in 2019. You can read more about John’s life and accomplishments here and here. Both John and Rosemary are interred at the Princeton Cemetery in Princeton, N.J.
“We are beyond thankful to see the school and our students remembered so generously in John Little’s estate,” said SC&I Development Director Rob Eccles. “SC&I leadership is determining an appropriate and meaningful way to honor both the bequest gift and Rosemary Little’s contributions to the field.”
What Will Your Legacy Be?
Quite often, the only way people can make a major gift is through a bequest. We can help ensure that your planned gift meets your philanthropic goals and that your funds are used exactly as you wish. To explore the many ways that you can have a lasting impact on future generations, visit SC&I Giving or call Rob Eccles.
Assistant Dean for Development
Phone: 848-932-8905
Cell: 732-540-3529

Development Specialist
Phone: 848-932-7568

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