Donor Stories

Donor Stories

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

  • Shining with the light of Jesus
    High above the beautiful hills of San Diego sits a lovely home, with a double-tiered deck the entire length of the house...
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  • Getting Around to It!
    Classifying Mel and LuJuana Butts of Mt. Vernon, NY, as active retirees just doesn't go far enough.
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  • It Takes a Team!
    Occasionally, a man finds his way to my gift planning sessions at LWML events. Such was the case when Mark Burger, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Claremore, OK, attended the last LWML Oklahoma District Convention.
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  • They Took Another Look!
    After Nikki Rahlf heard a gift planning video at an LWML national convention, and after volunteer Gift Planning Advocate Dottie Sincebaugh...
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  • Letting Go and Letting God
    "Life is what happens when you're making other plans" . . . an old adage that seems so appropriate for Lucille McShane, of Edmond, Oklahoma.
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  • Remembering Dad
    Over the river and through the woods-that's where Cheryl Long of peaceful Loami, IL, lives. After rounding a bend and gazing on top of a hill, I could see her home overlooking a field of cows grazing in a valley.
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  • Seed Business Owners Sow Charitable Seeds
    Cheryl Keithly of Yuma, Arizona, says she'll always remember one particular day in 1970 after her husband, Kelly, graduated from college.
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  • It Was a God-Thing!
    When a woman I met at a past LWML convention asked me to contact her about doing some charitable planning, I did what I normally do-called later and made the appointment.
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  • Working Smarter in Difficult Times
    Remember the days when you could get double digit returns? Gone, gone, gone . . . maybe to never appear again.
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  • A New Plan
    It just so happened that Elaine Stier heard my talk about charitable planning at the LWML Minnesota North Convention.
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  • Blessed to Be A Blessing
    For those of you readers with grandchildren, you know first hand about the joy to which Proverbs 17:6 speaks: "Children's children are a crown to the aged . . . "
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  • A Lutheran Woman on a Mission
    From the clothes she wears to the purple umbrella she carries to her license plate holder that marks her as a Lutheran Woman on a Mission, Marguerite Christman of Oklahoma City personifies LWML.
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  • Multiplying Their Talents
    George and Ann Yanda know fully well how much God has blessed them through the years. For starters, they have had over 50 years of a wonderful marriage that produced three healthy children.
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  • Have Information, Will Travel!
    That could well have been Sandi Michaelis' motto during her 42-year career with the Social Security Administration.
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  • LWML PRESIDENTS LEARN ABOUT GIFT ANNUITIES
    Like most District presidents, LWML national presidents give 110% to their positions. So it must be a tremendous relief to shed the responsibilities of leadership after four years of being "on the run."
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  • I'm So Relieved!
    It's unlikely that anyone could find a family more steeply entrenched in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod than Ed and Judy Carlson of Paola, Kansas.
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  • Drawing Deeper After a Significant Loss
    Recently, I opened an e-mail by one of my donor friends, Marjorie Huva, of Charlotte, MI. Previously, I left a couple messages with her husband, Dave, who was usually prompt at responding, but I hadn't heard anything until this came from Marjorie
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  • Grandma's Stock Keeps on Giving!
    When Shirley Schindler of Ellington, CT, received an inheritance from her grandmother's estate, she was surprised and delighted. Her mother had died at an early age, so Shirley and her siblings inherited their mother's portion of the estate which included stock.
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  • Staying Focused
    The chores and activities of daily living often keep good Christian folk from focusing on one very important aspect of their overall stewardship-estate planning.
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  • Responding to Reflections
    Periodically, it seems like God gives us certain periods in our lives for reflection. For many of us, the busyness of life doesn't afford these opportunities very often. When that time does miraculously appear, however, we praise God for what He has done for us.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock. It turned out to be a very wise decision.
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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.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice 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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  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of LWML over the years. Both of them strongly believe that it is important to support and encourage our mission.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small rural town, Patricia was ready to retire.
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  • 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.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was so pleased with the home, she decided to buy stock in the company that built it.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. Now, Gene and Carol are looking for a way to save taxes.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she inherited the farm. Now, several developers would like to build homes on the farmland.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting the Wills Planner on her favorite charity's website, June, a surviving spouse, came across the idea of a Give it Twice Trust.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for years building their nest egg for retirement. They also want to provide for their children.
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