Testimonials

“My wife and I value our connection to our community, to our world, and to our planet.  We have been fortunate and feel a sense of responsibility and opportunity to help others achieve stability, security, and to ultimately thrive.  Investing in the non-profit sector is a fulfilling use of both our time and money.   We want to help these missions and this work continue into the future—long after we are gone.”

– Daniel Hall

“There are many causes we care about deeply. Supporting them during our lifetimes brings us great joy. We know gifts we leave behind will make a meaningful difference in the lives of others and ensure the future strength of organizations that make for a better world.”

– Sarah Valentine

“We’re LIVING well – enjoying people, doing good work, traveling, having fun. And our hearts are filled with LOVE for each other and the many people who are gifts in our life. Our beautiful LIFE and hearts filled with LOVE, lead oh so naturally to the JOY of GIVING. We give NOW to pay it back and pay it forward. We care about the future. With our LEAVE 10 pledge, our giving continues in the FUTURE, when our time here is done in the circle of life. I first heard of the circle of life from my grandmother and then, later, in Elton John’s iconic song…”

– Anne Jannetti

“My partner and I are proud to have named many non-profits in our will as part of our estate planning. These are the institutions that have nourished us, help save the lives of others, and protect the environment for generations to come. It is a privilege to carry our work forward!”

– Deb Crespin

“There are several public charities that have enriched my life and the lives of my family members – from artistic organizations that provide cultural experiences to health organizations that conduct research on conditions affecting us and service organizations that provide important help to others. We want to help ensure that these organizations are able to continue the important work that they do far into the future. ”

– Kathryn Haggit Garrison

“My wife and I have spent the majority of our careers working in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, so when it came to our will — the choice to support the causes about which we care was simple. What wasn’t so simple, was figuring out an estate plan that worked for our young (two professionals under the age of 40 with two young children and one on the way) family. The expectation is so often that people can’t or don’t begin to plan for giving in their estate plans until they near retirement age or become empty nesters. But in working with our professional advisor we were able to develop a plan that would ensure the necessary care of our children while honoring the work of the causes we care about deeply. We’re thrilled to Leave 10 and hope others in a similar situation will consider it as well.”

– Jim Hopper

“Investing in the non-profit sector has been a rewarding part of my life – and I know both my community and my business are stronger today because of it. Joining with others to explore ways we can make our communities thrive today and long after I’m gone just makes sense!”

– Michael Schaefer

“My husband and I owe a debt of gratitude to public- benefit organizations that have enriched, uplifted and literally saved our lives. We wish to ensure that these organizations continue to thrive and enrich the lives of others, especially the less fortunate. Though our bequests are modest, we feel happy that they reflect what is truly important to us and that they enable us –even when we are gone — to touch the lives of others in a positive way. We know that whoever we touch will also end up impacting the lives of others positively, helping create an unending cycle of good in our society.”

– Lorraine Del Prado and Thomas Donohue

“The spirit of caring is what makes for a great community. It’s important to me to support the causes I care about–not just for the present–but for the future.”

– Jan Jacobs, Seattle

“Including charitable giving in my estate plan was not only easy but essential. When you are making your plans you think about what is important to you – your family, your friends and your values. While my estate will not be large, I know that some of what I am able to leave will help the missions of organizations that are important to me and are making a difference in people’s lives every day.”

– Julie Taylor, Mountlake Terrace

“Jim and I are happy to support our community through our estate plan, doing our small part to ensure that organizations continue to thrive for generations.”

– Sarah Hopper, Bainbridge Island

“I have been a member of Washington Women’s Foundation since 2003, and I have served on the Grants Committee several times. It has been wonderful to learn about so many fabulous organizations doing great things in our community! My husband and I have no children, so our estate plan will benefit a number of the non-profit organizations that are so important to us. It is exciting to know that we can continue to support our favorite charities even after we are gone.”

– Sandra Lynn Perkins, Seattle

“Leaving 10 despite having two sons to support after I’m dead is my final teachable moment to them. They will know that our family values about doing what we can to help make the world better are real and sustainable. Those values are the only real legacy I can leave them.”

– Ken Mundt

“Our dynamic non-profit organizations in this region, and all of those who support them, are what makes this place great! I want to give back in order to help ensure our community landscape of doing good and service to others endures for future generations. Keep up the good work Leave 10!”

– Heather E. Williams, Seattle