Ensuring a Bright Future for WAMU
Virginia A. McArthur
WAMU 88.5 is as vital to Virginia “Ginny” McArthur’s day as her morning cup of coffee. A noted Washington trusts and estates attorney, she tunes into AU’s public radio station—D.C.’s leading NPR affiliate—to keep abreast of current events.
McArthur settled in D.C. after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia from 1964 to 1966. In 1992, she founded an estate planning practice as a solo practitioner; McArthur Franklin PLLC has since grown to four attorneys.
A longtime member of WAMU, McArthur leverages her expertise for the station’s benefit as a member of WAMU’s development advisory council, on which she’s served as vice chair since 2010. “It’s been a great way to get to know other supporters who are passionate about WAMU and to better understand the inner workings of the station,” she says.
When working with clients, McArthur stresses the importance of preparing for the future and providing for the people and organizations that matter most. In 2012, she established the Virginia A. McArthur Endowed Fund at WAMU to support the station’s operations, and she has named WAMU among the beneficiaries of her estate. “WAMU is such a vital part of my day-to-day life,” McArthur says. “How could I not support its future?”
This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of American magazine.