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Wealth not required for legacy

Posted on Nov 16, 2017, by

Pat and Jerry Rickman have a list of reasons for having a charitable fund with the Community Foundation.

They want to use some of their retirement savings to support their favorite causes – including education for the very young and for young adults, as well as parks and green spaces in the Neenah area. Both have been very active community volunteers in those areas.

They are supporting those and many other causes through their Patricia and Gerald Rickman Charitable Fund. They also have made arrangements in their estate planning to count the community among their heirs and add to their fund after life. With that future gift, they were able to join the Himebaugh Legacy Circle, a means for the Foundation to thank people for their after-lifetime gifts while they’re still here.

“It’s wanting to be part of a community within a community, trying to make things better and promote quality of life,” Jerry said. He added that the help they’ve gotten from the Community Foundation in planning their long-term giving has been informed, helpful and caring. “We’ve never been disappointed,” he said.

Pat said they hope adding their names to the more than 200 Legacy Circle members will cause others to see that people who don’t qualify as wealthy can still leave a charitable legacy.

“Maybe that could inspire someone else to say, “I don’t have to have millions of dollars. I can do it with thousands, even hundreds,” Pat said.

Their legacy is as much about family as finance. They also want to model charitable behavior for their children.

We are joining more than 780 community foundations across the country celebrating Community Foundation Week. It raises awareness of  the increasingly important role of community foundations in addressing local needs and managing charitable funds created by donors that benefit nonprofit organizations working to make a difference.    

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