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GCF Foundation Society Celebrates Legacies

In a world geared to instant gratification, “legacy” may seem like an outmoded word. But to members of the Foundation Society of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), it symbolizes a commitment to purposeful impact for our future generations — our common “family.”

May 2019

“The one who plants trees, knowing he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.” — Rabindranath Tagore

In a world geared to instant gratification, “legacy” may seem like an outmoded word. But to members of the Foundation Society of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), it symbolizes a commitment to purposeful impact for our future generations — our common “family.” 

“We love our community, and want it to thrive,” said GCF President/CEO Ellen M. Katz. “I think that the concept of reverence for alma mater, or ‘nurturing mother’ that is often applied to high school allegiances — a renowned Cincinnati tradition — can also, even more appropriately, be adopted to embrace our entire community. Greater Cincinnati is your nurturing mother in the same way, and when we tap into that understanding, our region is stronger for it.”

For the more than 350 Foundation Society members, creating ongoing impact in our region is their significant link to each other. Their interests and passions vary widely, but what members share is a dedication to paying it forward so that the causes they champion will continue to receive support beyond their lifetimes.

Such charitable gifts can be made to GCF through your will, retirement plan assets, life insurance or other sources. GCF stewards your gift for the benefit of the causes you predetermine, and you don’t have to be a current donor to set up such a gift. 

A planned gift can take various forms:
  • A designated fund to provide support for a favorite organization that can grow and preserve your intent forever.
  • A field of interest fund offers a broad impact towards a beloved personal interest or cause over the long term.
  • A community fund, which GCF’s experienced team utilizes to assess community needs and provide big-picture charitable investments to address changing priorities of our region. 

GCF recognizes the people who have made a legacy gift plan with membership in the Foundation Society. Members gather for an annual luncheon celebrating their commitment, receive invitations to special engagement opportunities and learn about community initiatives through ongoing communications. More than 75 Foundation Society members attended their annual event this month at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

For more information about options for setting up a planned gift, and membership in GCF’s Foundation Society, please contact Felicia Zakem, GCF Senior Philanthropic Advisor (513-768-6158, Felicia.Zakem@gcfdn.org) or your GCF philanthropic advisor.

 



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