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Values in Common

They’ve known each other a long time.

“Let’s just say his mother visited my mother in the hospital,” Glenda Schorr said of her husband Roger. “Our mothers played in the same bridge club, went to the same church and our fathers both worked in the local banks.

Glenda and Roger SchorrsThey’ve known each other a long time.

“Let’s just say his mother visited my mother in the hospital,” Glenda Schorr said of her husband Roger. “Our mothers played in the same bridge club, went to the same church and our fathers both worked in the local banks.

The Hyde Park residents are natives of Batesville, Indiana and began dating in college.

The Schorrs have more than their hometown in common.

Both grew up in households where they were taught the value of contributing to the community.

 “Our parents were very giving,” Glenda said. “My Dad gave out of his own pocket. He worked very hard to make sure the farmers of the community were taken care of. If they were short on cash, he’d loan them his own money.”

 “We just grew up in an environment where giving was expected,” Roger agreed. “My father didn’t make a lot of money but he always gave ten percent of his income.

Even when he was retired, he visited the sick. As a child, we always had orphans stay with us in the summer.”

Despite busy careers, Roger and Glenda have always made it a priority to give of their time and resources.

Roger, retired from Convergys Corporation, has been involved with United Way and on several boards for the last 25 years. Glenda has tutored children and plans to increase her efforts after her upcoming retirement as a preschool teacher.

When sharing their resources, the Schorrs use their donor advised fund at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for 80 percent of their giving.

“GCF makes it easier to give,” Glenda said. “At the beginning of the year, we have a list of who we want to give to and we just fill out a form and it’s done. We don’t have to worry about it.”

“We’re also impressed with how GCF provides information on opportunities for gifts,” Roger said. “I feel comfortable with the fiduciary role it plays. So often we are faced with multiple gift requests and GCF provides the administrative support to keep track of them.”

The Schorrs’ own grantmaking focuses on diabetes and early childhood development. They give to diabetes research because of a family member. Roger says he became interested in early childhood development because of Glenda’s career as a teacher.

Roger called GCF a community leader.

“I like the leverage GCF brings to the community,” he said. “Its role is more than holding money — it’s providing leadership to high priority projects and community initiatives.”

“I feel better that GCF is more likely to fund things that obtain results,” he added.

Glenda remembered that both their fathers learned about the needs of the Batesville community in the local banks.

She and Roger find out about the needs of their community through GCF.

“There is such a proliferation of nonprofits — so many choices for giving,” Roger said. “I can easily use GCF to help me decide where I should invest my money.”

The Schorrs established a GCF donor advised fund in 1996.

Originally published in the 2005 Annual Report to the Community



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