The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that outlasts it. — William James
This is a quote I have hanging in my office. It means even more to me now as I begin my new role of developing and growing the LSS endowment fund and Founders Family memberships.
The Founders Family was established by the LSS Foundation Board of Directors in 1994 to recognize LSS legacy givers. We recently had our annual eastern SD Founders Family Luncheon. Each year we invite all Founders Family members to a special luncheon to induct new members and celebrate all Founders Family members. This year Rev. Norris and Carolyn Eintertson were introduced as new members. Bette and Darrell Johnson have recently become new members, but were unable to attend the event. Keith and Gloria Thompson also were recognized; they joined the Founders Family a couple of years ago but have been unable to attend the luncheon due to work schedules. Like many of those who join Founders Family, all these couples have donated and volunteered for LSS for many years.
Our Western Region Founders Family Luncheon will be held in Rapid City tomorrow, Sept. 17. We are excited to honor new members Patricia Lee and Charles Yuill, and Erv and DeMaris Nesheim along with current Founders Family members from the western part of the state.
Not all of our Founders Family members have been long-time donors, though; some people have joined early in their relationship with LSS. People of all ages and faiths join Founders Family. If you’re interested in finding out more about the possibilities, just let me know. Along with our LSS Development & Foundation staff, we have access to Lutheran Planned Giving of SD staff, Jim Schade and Kurt Osborne. They are based in Sioux Falls, but travel throughout the state. LSS and other mission partners pay for their services, so there’s no cost to the donor—and no pressure to sign up.
There are a lot of ways that you can join Founders Family:
- By including LSS in your will or bequest, either as a set amount or a percentage of what’s left after obligations are met.
- Through listing LSS as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.
- You can designate LSS as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account.
- With a charitable gift annuity; you transfer your cash or appreciated property to LSS in exchange for our promise to pay you a fixed income (with rates based on your age) for the rest of your life.
- By setting up a charitable trust or unitrust that provides you an income; various types are available.
Call or email me at 605-444-7536 or Linda.Jensen@LssSD.org if you are interested in getting started with leaving a legacy through the LSS Foundation. I would love to set up a meeting with you.
Linda Jensen, Development Officer, LSS Development & Foundation