Whether you are uber rich or drive for uber, you can make a difference in this life and the next. This is a baker’s dozen of how people give away their dough. Becoming One of the Grateful Dead: Where there’s a will, there’s a way will help you answer the questions: What do I want my legacy to be? What do I want to leave my children other than money? How can I express my values through giving?
From the great granddaughter of a slave to a billionaire, from a 30-year-olds to an 83-year-old, people share one of our most taboo subjects: Our wills. Some stories are heart-warming, some are heart-breaking. Real life people, depicted with compassion, humour and warmth. You will never think about your estate plan the same way again.
After every chapter, there is a “Lessons learned” section for fundraisers and one for donors spelling out options on how to approach donors and how donors might approach giving.
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Table of Contents
The Seventh Child: Sam’s Story. 3
Beta Test Now, Endow Later: Pam Vaccaro 10
Sweet Lovin’ or Paperwork: Michael McMurtrey 18
Small Estate, Big Impact: Liz and Betsy 24
When a Will Is Like Scheduling a Colonoscopy: Kenny Sigler 32
Give Now to See Your Dream Fulfilled: Lois Williams 41
To Aspire to Inspire Before He Expires: Jerry Horwitz 48
The Evolution of a Philanthropist: Lindsay Matoush 57
Sudden Wealth and Charitable Giving: Phil & Sharon Jenkins 69
Leaving More than Money: Susan J. Ellis 77
The Poet and the Planner Give It All Away: Tom Ahern & Simone Joyeaux 87
From Heartbreak to Healing: Jack Stapleton 97
“Too Bad, So Sad, Be On Time”: Carol Weisman 105
Giving Questionnaire 116