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The new Lighthouse Society celebrates the generosity of supporters who affirm their commitment to NSCC through a deferred gift to The NSCC Foundation.

All are welcome!

Join today and build a lasting legacy for NSCC and its students.

Designation opportunities include scholarships, student essential needs, academic programs, student support services, capital needs, specific areas of interest, areas of greatest need or unrestricted support.

Become a member – it’s easy!

No minimum gift to join.

Name The North Shore Community College Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity, as a beneficiary in your estate plan. Options include: Will, Trust, Retirement Plan, Insurance Policy, Customized Deferred Gift.

Member Benefits

  • Commemorative naming at the Lynn and Danvers campuses
  • Invitation to annual Lighthouse Society celebration and designated special events
  • Commemorative Lighthouse Society member pin

Already included NSCC in your estate plan?

Let us know so that you can be celebrated as a Lighthouse Society member!

To join or to learn more, contact Jean Martinho at or 978-739-5527.


Meet some of our Lighthouse Society Founders' Circle Members


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Dr. Sheldon Brown

It has been a privilege to work at my life-long passion for teaching at North Shore Community College for 48 years where I was appointed Professor of Psychology and of Holocaust courses. After I retired it was an honor to have the title of Professor Emeritus conferred upon me by the College. I surely want to invest in NSCC for the future so that more and more students will have the means to study at the College and also benefit from the Forums on Tolerance. My dear wife, Fran, and I have set aside in our estate planning a Specific Distribution upon our deaths to be used for the NSCC Forum on Tolerance Endowment Fund that we established to perpetuate the Forums on Tolerance instituted at the College by Sheldon Brown in 1996. A second Specific Distribution is intended to be used to perpetuate the Professor Sheldon Brown Tolerance Scholarship for a deserving student or students.



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Mr. Richard “Dick” Thompson and Dr. P. Jane Baugh

We believe that the higher education colleges we attended, Cornell and Harvard, enriched our lives. We have always wanted to give back to other students. Our only question was, when and where to do that. We became aware of North Shore Community College (NSCC) and the outstanding accomplishments of its students. We attended a variety of NSCC events featuring the college’s vision and goals and heard moving testimony from students about the transformational differences that NSCC made in their lives. After their graduations, most students stay and work on the North Shore. Because of its positive impact on students, and the economic effect on the North Shore, we decided that this is the college we want to support. We have included NSCC in our estate planning. By sharing our story, we hope it will inspire others to consider including NSCC in their estate planning.



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Judy Putnam

As a single mother in the 1970’s with two young children, it dawned on me that I should pursue my education. I found my way to NSCC where I began my journey, and I went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Education at Cambridge College, which allowed me to realize my passion and dream of teaching and supporting returning adult students. From there, I enjoyed the next 25 years as a part-time faculty member at North Shore Community College, and in 1995 I was honored to become the Director of the Women in Transition program. After retiring in 2005, I continued teaching at the college until 2016. I believe strongly in this college, and I want to help future students pursue their own educational journeys.


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