Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 
Neal Wooldridge

a word from Neal Wooldridge
Vice President for Planned Giving

Great Giving

Over the years at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children we have received numerous planned gifts. These include will bequests, gift annuities, contributions to our endowment fund with the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma, life insurance, charitable trusts, and outright gifts of stock, real estate and other assets. Each one of these gifts has been received with sincere and enthusiastic appreciation.

Though every gift has a special quality, we have learned that some gifts stand out from the rest as extra special. And interestingly, it's not the size of a gift that makes it particularly special, though we are always encouraged when a large asset comes our way to help our children at OBHC.

What makes a gift extra special are the circumstances surrounding it, including the attitude of the donor. As we look back over the many gifts, certain common characteristics emerge that combine to make a good gift great. See if you agree.

1. A great gift is motivated by our mission.

Something intangible, yet valuable, is added to a gift when it addresses the purposes of our organization. The donor identifies with our vision and mission. His or her planned gift reflects a sense of ownership and partnership. Such a gift warms and inspires us more than, say, a gift that comes to us anonymously…or a gift that is motivated solely for tax purposes.

2. A great gift is well-planned.

Great giving requires time and effort. One must consider a variety of factors and options and select the right assets for the right gift vehicles at the right time and do it in a manner that will appropriately address his or her overall estate plan, as well as the needs of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

3. A great gift pleases the donor.

That is, the donor is convinced his or her gift will make a positive difference at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. It has been well planned and there are no regrets. A sense of fulfillment prevails and crowns the gift with added value. The gift is made greater by the glow of satisfaction.

Donor delight is right up there at the top of our list, and we work hard to make it happen. When our donor is happy, we are happy.

As you consider what kind of planned gift you would like to give to Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, we urge you to contact our Vice President for Planned Giving, Neal Wooldridge. He is well versed in the various gift arrangements and is dedicated to helping our donors make “great” gifts.

You can reach Mr. Wooldridge at (405) 570-9836, or e-mail Neal Wooldridge.


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