Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

Neal Wooldridge

a word from Neal Wooldridge
Vice President for Planned Giving

Your Footprints

footprints in the sand at a beachEveryone leaves footprints on the sands of time. Our prints are made by the imprints of our lives on others. A person is remembered for the weight of his or her character. For indentations of accomplishment. For shapes of kindness. For length of compassion. For width of personal warmth. For generosity. For values.

When we leave positive impressions behind, we enhance the lives of our friends and loved ones. We give them footprints to follow.

Thoughtful estate planning is one means we have to make a print in the sand to help others recall our priorities. For example, consider the effect of a plan that includes provision for family members and resources for charitable organizations like Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

1. An estate gift makes a positive statement.

When you include Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in the final disposition of your estate, you declare to your family and friends that you believe in and care about the mission of OBHC. Your parting gift becomes a clear declaration of your values.

2. An estate gift provides needed funding.

Estate gifts are especially valuable, not only because they tend to be larger than annual gifts, but also because they often come at critical times. They provide that extra boost to the budget that can make the difference between program advancement and program retrenchment.

Estate gifts can be designated for a specific purpose or they can be unrestricted for use where needed most. They can also fund endowments that perpetually provide an ongoing witness to your friends and loved ones that you believe in the work of OBHC.

3. An estate gift encourages imitation.

There’s something about a well-planned estate gift that influences others to "go and do likewise." As friends and family members plan their own estates, they may recall your generosity and thoughtfulness. Your gift may unlock resources for OBHC from other estates.

Neal Wooldridge, Vice President for Planned Giving, is available to provide you with the information and materials you need to include charitable giving in your overall estate plan. To arrange for a personal visit, or to simply request complimentary printed material, contact him at 3800 North May Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. You can also contact him by e-mail: Neal Wooldridge.

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