Sharing my Passion


A Donor’s Journey to the Double Helix Society by Dorcas Harris, shared at the 2019 Double Helix Society Luncheon

Dorcas Harris

Thirty years ago, I went to work at Huntsville Hospital Foundation to set up their planned giving program. I felt like I had found my life’s purpose there because that job gave me so much satisfaction. But as much as I enjoyed my work, I can honestly say now that it’s even more satisfying to BE a planned giving donor than it was to solicit those gifts from others.

When you love an institution as much as those of us in this room love HudsonAlpha, it just comes naturally that we want our support to last beyond our lifetime.

I knew from the beginning that HudsonAlpha was a place I wanted to invest in – with both my time and my resources. I became a major donor and I’ve been an Ambassador since that group was formed. Over the years, I have developed a deep, abiding passion for the mission and purpose of this Institute, so it was a given that I wanted to include HudsonAlpha in my estate plan.

My congratulations to the whole team for building a great, effective development program, and in particular, for putting an emphasis on the importance of planned giving. Because of gifts to the Double Helix Society, your work has the potential to reap enormous benefits for HudsonAlpha well into the future. 

Donors who support HudsonAlpha through estate planning are members of the HudsonAlpha Foundation’s Double Helix Society. This committed group of supporters enjoy benefits such as recognition in the annual report, name on the Double Helix Society donor wall and an invitation to the annual society luncheon. For more information or to join, please click here.