The value of a planned gift
As a member of AAACF's Legacy Society, Mary Bakhaus has included a future gift to the Community Foundation in her estate plan.
Mary is the Managing Director of Fixed Income and a Senior Advisor at Telemus/Beacon Asset Management. She also serves on AAACF's Finance & Investment Committee and knows the Community Foundation well.
In sharing this very personal decision, Mary explains that making a future bequest to the Community Foundation stems largely from her personal belief that it's more meaningful to leave behind a gift that will provide more good over the long-term than other options.
Mary likes the idea of creating an endowment and believes in the notion of perpetuity: "I like knowing that as an endowment, my gift will build and continue to grow to sustains itself, and will always be available to help. "
Mary chose the Community Foundation to be the steward of her charitable gift because of the "integrity and community leadership" she has witnessed at AAACF: "I am quite confident that the Community Foundation will continue to attract highly qualified people to lead, and will provide sound oversight over the long-term."
Mary shares: "Ann Arbor is a very unique community in the sense that there are so many wonderful nonprofits that do very good work. It makes sense to leave a future gift in the hands of people who know our community well and will do a good job of investing those dollars back into the community wisely."
Given AAACF's wise stewardship of the gifts entrusted to us, Mary Bakhaus's planned gift to the Community Foundation will be a "gift that keeps giving" - For good. For ever.