Gabe Linehan (BBA, ‘13) knows how to gather a team, set a goal and come together to make it a reality.

Originally from Banks, Oregon, Linehan joined Boise State and the Bronco football team as a redshirt freshman in 2009. The next year he started his first career game against Hawaii and caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Now, Linehan carries the hammer as a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Boise. In his position, Linehan is leading the charge and encouraging colleagues, clients and the public to maximize their donations to Boise State University through a gift of life insurance.

Linehan and seven other Boise State alumni and Northwestern Mutual employees each established life insurance policies naming the Boise State University Foundation as owner and beneficiary with a collective face value just over $1 million.


Linehan and his co-workers, Chad Colton (BBA, ‘07), Shawn Cudney (BA, ‘12), Darby Heidemann (BBA, ‘91), Kevin Rigenhagen (BS, ‘98), Randall Smith (BBA ‘86), Travis Stokes (BBA, ‘03), Max Wilson (BBA ‘05) and Brie Wilson (BBA, ‘07), have created a lasting legacy by establishing an endowed scholarship in the College of Business and Economics. Each makes regular annual donations to the scholarship fund, and proceeds from their individual life insurance policies will further build the endowment that will help future generations of Broncos.

“Ultimately, it’s about leverage. Life insurance is the most efficient way to pass wealth and it’ll help for generations to come,” Linehan said. “This is a commitment that means we’re becoming a part of something bigger.”

“It’s just good math,” said Smith, who has served as a mentor for Linehan at Northwestern Mutual. “Without extraordinary financial means it’s tough to leave a lasting impact any other way. It’s all about making a difference.”

Linehan said he encourages everyone to give similarly, emphasizing the ease of the process. “I wanted to get the ball rolling and have others replicate it, supporting whatever they’re passionate about on campus,” he said.

Beyond supporting future Broncos, donors who set up a deferred charitable estate plan such as this are inducted into the Barnwell Society, which honors and thanks those who provide generous support through deferred gift planning. The society is named for Bishop Middleton S. Barnwell, Boise State’s first president.

Learn more about giving through a deferred charitable estate plan at or contact the executive director of planned giving at (208) 426-3276.

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