CAROLINA PROFILES IN GIVING
Mabel Smith Johans- son, MPH ' 61, has
spent her life tending to the
health of her community.
Now she's giving back to
Carolina so that others can
follow her lead. A registered
nurse,Johansson was a
hospital operating room
supervisor when she got
interested in public health.
Mter receiving her Master's
degree in Public Health
Nursing, she returned to
her native Florida, eventually becoming nursing
director of the Palm Beach
County Health Depart-
What inspired Johans-
son to give back to the
School? "I grew up during
the Depression," she said.
"When I went into public
health, I received a federal
scholarship. I was very
fortunate. The kids today are having a hard time now that
these scholarships are not available. I wanted to make sure
other students could get what I got."
Johansson's years of giving were highlighted in 1997
when she made her first gift to Carolina's gift annuity pro-
gram. A charitable gift annuity is one type of life-income gift
that provides a stream ofincome to the donor for life in
exchange for an irrevocable gift. The rate of return was based
on Johansson's age when she made the gift and the benefits
to her were threefold: ( 1) she was able to make a significant
gift to the School of Public Health to support students;
( 2) she was guaranteed income for life (much of which is
tax-free); and ( 3) she received a charitable income tax deduction.
Johansson said she remains committed
to scholarship giving not only because of her
own experience, but also because "buildings
will get built, equipment will get bought,
faculty will be hired, but scholarships go on."
Johansson also believes
strongly that scholarship
money should be given to
the neediest students,
regardless of discipline.
"Generically, I am a nurse,"
she said. "But I feel that
across the board, if there is a
need, students should be
helped. Ifyou put the
scholarships all into one pot,
I think you can stretch them
farther - the money will
be more balanced."
For Johansson, public
health scholarships in
particular are critical."I
hope and I pray that public
health will become a more
integral part of our system,"
she said. "It has to if we are
to survive. You look at how
much medicine costs, for
example, $100 is nothing.
Some fortunate people -
I'm one of them - have
health insurance. But many don't. So public health is
Johansson believes that her choice to participate in the
gift annuity progranl has worked out well. "I get 9. 4 percent
back," she said. "I don't really use the money - I just plow
it back into my investment account. But I could use it if I
needed to. It's kind oflike insurance. So the annuity pro-
gram is a good way to pay back, and it's good for me. It's a
good investment in the future."
Has the time come for you to give back? If the time is
right for you, please consider a gift to the Carolina First
Campaign for the School of Public Health. Call or write
Keith Todd at the School of Public Health
( firstname.lastname@example.org; 919-966-0198) or
Candace Clark in the Office of Gift Plan-
ning ( email@example.com; 919-962-
3967). They can help you be a part of
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