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by Jasmine McCabe-Gossett, Donor Services Director
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I eagerly anticipate the official announcement of fall each year, relishing in the fact that a turn of the seasons is finally approaching. Especially in West Texas, where seasons seem virtually non-existent, fall marks a true reminder that change is coming.
Often times we embrace a change in posture as we engage in end-of-year self-reflection and proactively make plans for a fresh, new year. As with any season, there are holiday traditions we often abide by that unfailingly bring us closer to family and friends. For instance, my husband and I usually kick off this season by watching Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas while shamelessly indulging in leftover Halloween candy that was intended for trick-or-treaters. Whether your family is making plans for special meals, throwing a themed party, or baking holiday goods, we take great comfort in returning to the things we intimately know and love.
The end of the year often presents a unique opportunity to incorporate additional, and sometimes newly-cherished, traditions. Giving the gift of philanthropy is something you might consider this holiday season. Here are some giving traditions, new and old, you can share with your family and friends this year:
Give a unique gift through our Holiday Giving Guide
Give the gift of stock
Give the gift of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA
Are you 70 1/2 or older and not using your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for your living expenses? You can reduce your taxable income by using your RMD to make an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution to an eligible charity like the Community Foundation of Abilene.
NOTE: The only type of fund you cannot make this gift to is a donor advised fund.
Give the gift of a Future Fund Membership
Give the gift of membership to those in your life wanting to get plugged in to community happenings while also engaging with other philanthropic leaders.
Gift yourself or a friend a Friend of the Community Foundation Membership
This gift supports CFA's operations, allowing us to make an even bigger impact on our community.
Give the gift of Endowment
Consider starting an endowment fund in memory of a loved one or as a gift to your family.
Talk to us about any of these options today! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-676-3883.