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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • Judy Lane Gilbert Memorial Fund
    A Donor Advised Fund
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  • Hallock Family Fund
    A Donor Advised Fund
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  • Vera Jackson Memorial Scholarship Program
    A Scholarship Bequest
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  • James H. Embry Fund
    Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
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  • Reduce Your Taxes with an IRA Rollover Gift
    Margaret was a retired librarian. She had been an active volunteer and supporter of her favorite charity for many years. Margaret saw that her taxes were going up.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • An Easy Way to Help Our Work with Your IRA
    Daniel was a retired businessman who volunteered for our organization. When we decided to add a new program, he was excited to help in a significant way.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Cynthia spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
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  • IRA Rollover: A Gift with Substantial Benefits
    In some cases, donors will never be able to use all of the money contained in their Individual Retirement Accounts ("IRA"), yet are required to make distributions...
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  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
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