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Local InterestBY SHERII SHERBANLeaving a legacy is not complicat- ed. It’s not intimidating. It begins with a conversation about who you or your loved one are and how you or your loved one wants to be remem- bered. When it comes to the Bat-tle Creek Community Foundationthere are several ways that youcan do that. The intent is very personal and to have that gift con-tinue in perpetuity in a way that is meaningful.“It is important to find outfrom the donor the story thatthey want to be able to tell withthe gift they are making,” Lynn Ward Gray, Development Offi-cer, Battle Creek Community Founda- tion.Time and expertise are valued along with the funds established by donors because it all works together for the growth of our community. Active en- gagement through a variety of commit- tees is one of the first ways to help cre- ate a vibrant Battle Creek.The Battle Creek Community Foun- dation holds a variety of unrestricted funds that are adaptable towards current and future changing needs. The Fund for Battle Creek, an endowment fund, is an unrestricted fund that enables the Community Foundation to respond to the ever-changing community needs in order to enhance the quality of com- munity life. Gifts to the Fund for Battle Creek provide increased grantmaking opportunities to address the broadest range of local needs.Other areas of interest for unrestrict- ed funds include youth, education, se- niors, environment, arts, economic im- pact, scholarships, and more.Through the Community Founda- tion, memorial gifts are a special way to keep your loved one’s memory and leg- acy alive. These special gifts are easy to make. You can establish a new fund or have gifts directed to an existing fund, whichever is the most appropriate for your situation.Honorarium gifts celebrate lives while the honoree is still able to seeCreating A Legacythe resulting work being done in the community. Birthdays, weddings, grad- uations, anniversaries, and retirements are part of a long list of special eventsThe timing of the impact of your donation can be varied. When in- cluding the Battle Creek Community Foundation in your estate planningyou can have an impact both now and later through the Seeds of Growth incentive program. When a donor includes the Com- munity Foundation in their will/ estate planning, they are allowed to advise on an immediate grant of $1,000 to a charity of their choice.Whether donating to an exist- ing fund, creating one in memo- ry of, or in honor of, someone, or even considering the BattleCreek Community Foundation in your estate planning, you can create a last- ing legacy.If you have questions please call the development department at (269) 962- 2181. For good. For ever. For all.and reasons for honoring someone with a gift that lasts a lifetime and beyond. These gifts can touch many people by providing for a variety of community needs, from health care and food to ed- ucation and youth engagement.CELEBRATING SENIORS I SCENE 4405 25

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