Making an Impact Now and in the Future
Retiring from Ohio State did not slow Nila Whitfield down one bit. She is incredibly involved in the community and has remained committed to helping children and students achieve their dreams and full potential.
In a career that spanned over 32 years, Nila made a positive impact on the university and the students she encountered. As the first full-time director of the internship and co-op program (The Professional Experience Program) at Fisher College of Business, she helped place students with career building opportunities in a variety of industries. She was actively engaged with the students, visiting organizational meetings and classrooms, and providing career advice and mentorship.
After 20 years at Fisher, Nila transitioned to University Advancement as the Director of Major Gifts for the Midwest region. This new position allowed her to gain broader exposure and knowledge of the university while re-connecting alumni and friends with their areas of interest.
"Working at Ohio State was the gift of a lifetime. It is a diverse place with endless opportunities to develop your skills and meet new people," Nila said. "It also gave me the opportunity to retire early and explore my first passion of working with children."
Nila was a volunteer with Make-A-Wish Foundation and was involved in granting over 32 wishes. She was once named the volunteer of the year for the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region. She now volunteers with A Kid Again, a national organization that provides activities and outings throughout the year for families of children with life threatening illnesses. Additionally, she tutors local children who need extra attention and help.
With her background in undergraduate education, Nila understands the need for scholarships and student support. Through current giving, she supports the Honors Cohort Program at Fisher. Students in the program participate in a MBA-like experience where they develop critical life skills. She also supports the Washington Academic Internship Program through the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Recent graduate, Maggie Salek, '20, is thankful for her time in the Honors Cohort Program. "Through trips to Chicago, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Brazil, I was able to meet people and experience completely different lifestyles, thus giving me a goal or path to work toward," said Maggie. "Through seminars and guest speakers, I was able to network with mentors willing to guide me toward achieving those goals which directly led to my current full-time job as a Strategy and Operations Business Analyst with Deloitte Consulting. I wouldn't have the same success or mindset to achieve if it weren't for the Honors Cohort Program."
Nila's current giving allows her to witness her gifts in action and the difference she's making in each student's life. "I enjoy interacting with students and meeting the scholarship recipients in the John Glenn program," said Nila. "We stay in touch through the years and become a part of each other's lives."
A gift to Ohio State through Nila's estate allows her to protect a portion of her assets during her lifetime while committing to supporting students long into the future.
"I truly believe that giving back to others is my life's work," says Nila. "I am grateful that Ohio State helped me reach a position where I can make a positive and long-lasting impact on students."
Like Nila, you can make a lasting impact at Ohio State and on our Buckeyes with a gift in your estate plan. Contact the Office of Estate and Gift Planning at email@example.com or 614-292-2183 to learn more.