Are you sharing your legacy plans with those you love?

Marcy Hawkins
In the hustle and bustle of the end of the year, please take time to reflect on your legacy and with whom you should be sharing it.

The end of a calendar year typically brings a time of reflection on how one we have best impacted those around us. According to Network for Good, 31% of annual giving occurs in December, with 12% of those contributions happening in the last three days of the year. You may fall into that category. As you consider your year-end giving, I hope you find great joy in the process. I hope it helps you create a legacy at a nonprofit organization that has significant meaning for you. And I also hope you are sharing this information with those you love.   

Does your family understand why philanthropy is so important to you? Sharing this information is an excellent opportunity to teach those you love how it can also become a meaningful part of their lives. Philanthropy takes practice to become a habit. Giving is so much more than the dollar amount. It should bring you joy and excitement knowing that you are making a difference somewhere. Take the time to help your family, especially the younger generation, see and experience philanthropy. 

My family roots run deep at Huntington University. I have traced it back to as early as 1904. This institution had significant meaning for them and still does for those of us still living. In fact, the roots are still growing today with my cousin’s daughter, now a current student. As the story goes, my great great grandfather moved his family to the town of Huntington so his daughters could marry United Brethren men from HU. As dozens of family members attended here, it is no wonder I feel so connected with this place.  

However, it was not until the last few years that I learned some of my ancestors had donated their homes and land to Huntington University. They believed so deeply in the mission of this place that they wanted to invest in her future. That type of investment was not for public show or attention but for passion. I think of them every time I cross that part of campus. Their legacy continues to fulfill HU’s mission of equipping and educating people for Christ. Perhaps more importantly, their philanthropic nature leaves me thinking about my legacy and what I’m doing now to share it with my children. 

In the hustle and bustle of the end of the year, please take time to reflect on your legacy and with whom you should be sharing it. Perhaps you may want to consider part of your legacy at Huntington University. If so, give us a call, and let’s start a conversation. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 

Written by
Marcy Hawkins