"Throughout her life, Mom volunteered her time and gave generously to help those in need to get on their feet. She believed that education was the key to empowering people to have faith in themselves and to overcome the hardships and injustices in their lives," said Matthew Saks in a letter. "We are so proud of her. And we'll be so grateful to you for making a contribution that will double her gift and honor her legacy to give others a chance to achieve their full potential."
"Thanks to Bea Arthur and her vision, American Indians across America will have the opportunity to earn a college education, giving them, their families, and their communities hope for a better future," said Richard B. Williams, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. "To honor Ms. Arthur's vision which is empowering American Indian students, the American Indian College Fund will match Bea Arthur's estate gift up to $100,000 for all new donations."