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Donor Stories

  • Nancy Leginski
    Nancy Leginski
    Nancy Leginski was born and raised in Chicago and continues to live in her family's home. She attended Mundelein College...
  • Dr. Robert P. Burchard
    Dr. Robert P. Burchard
    Dr. Burchard was born in Manhattan and grew up in New Jersey. He received his Bachelors and Master's degrees from Brown...
  • Helga
    What was it like to live in Germany during World War II? What was it like to receive a CARE package after the war ended?...
  • Jonathan Seagle
    Jonathan Seagle
    Jonathan Seagle remembers making his first donation to CARE in support of a water project in Ecuador in honor of his parents...
  • Peter and Mary Fran Libassi
    Peter and Mary Fran Libassi
    Peter and Mary Fran Libassi give new meaning to the word philanthropist! They have generously supported many causes that are...
  • Marietta and Jim Bala
    Marietta and Jim Bala
    Marietta and Jim Bala give from the heart and they use careful analysis to validate their giving decisions. Together, they look...
  • Hans Hacker
    Hans Hacker
    Hans Hacker was born in Vienna, Austria in 1919. His family came from different parts of the Austrian-Hungarian empire.
  • A CARE Donor Story: Albert Petschel CARE Package Recipient
    A CARE Donor Story: Albert Petschel CARE Package Recipient
    The Petschel family originally moved from Germany to Yugoslavia in 1783. The Austrian government offered people tracts of land for people to farm...
  • A CARE Donor Story:  Albert Podell New York, New York
    A CARE Donor Story: Albert Podell New York, New York
    Albert Podell is a former magazine editor, advertising executive, trial attorney, and documentary film producer and director who has...
  • A CARE Donor Story:  Anonymous  Jackson, MS
    A CARE Donor Story: Anonymous Jackson, MS
    A CARE donor shared with us the story of her mother, also a CARE donor. Her mother passed away last April. This is what she knows from...
  • Roberta
    Roberta "Bobbie" Lord Hobe Sound, Florida
    Bobbie was born in Portland Maine. While young her family traveled extensively. She attended Goucher College where she majored in...
  • A CARE Donor Story:  Eileen Augustyn West Palm Beach, Florida
    A CARE Donor Story: Eileen Augustyn West Palm Beach, Florida
    Eileen Augustyn was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois. Against her mother's wishes, she married at age 19. In 1952, her husband was...
  • A CARE Donor Story:  James Grindlinger, JD
    A CARE Donor Story: James Grindlinger, JD
    Jim was born in Oakland in 1948 and still lives in the family home. He attended Berkeley for undergrad and for law school. He completed a...
  • A CARE Donor Story:  Martha Corkran Boynton Beach, Florida
    A CARE Donor Story: Martha Corkran Boynton Beach, Florida
    Martha Corkran was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. Her father's mother was raised in Great Britain and came to the United States...

Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
  • 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.
  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
  • 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.
  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Luis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially in value.
  • 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.
  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
  • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Keith has been a faithful supporter of CARE and makes regular gifts to support our work.
  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event CARE held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
  • 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.
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
  • 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.
  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Ron and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.