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Daughter Honors Parents by Establishing an Endowment

Daughter Honors Parents by Establishing an Endowment
Through a charitable gift annuity, Vivian Nolte, 86 years young, honors her parents by establishing a family endowment.

One of two daughters born to R.C. and Eva Finley, Vivian has many fond memories of her parents, who were educators turned small business owners in Hiawatha, KS. During the height of the Great Depression, as teachers' salaries were being cut, Ms. Nolte's parents pursued a career change. They had saved $400 and used it to buy lumber, rent a building, and establish the Finley Lumber Company. From a humble beginning, the business flourished and grew.

"My parents ran a successful business and they were very giving people," Ms. Nolte remembers. "From a young age, my mother was interested in becoming a missionary. However, with the lumber company to operate, her energies were redirected to bookkeeping and teaching her faith and values to my sister and me. She modeled her interest in helping others through her support of Church World Service."

With a degree in English/Journalism, Vivian lived in Washington DC, Denver, and other places before returning to her roots in Hiawatha. At 37, she married her late husband, Ernie, an accountant. Vivian worked with him in that business and they had twelve wonderful years together before he passed away very suddenly.

Having no children of her own, and with her parents and sister now gone, Vivian describes herself as the "last leaf on the tree." Inspired by her family's long connection to Church World Service and through her own participation in CROP Walks over the years, last summer Vivian took the very generous step of establishing a substantial gift annuity with CWS that will provide her with income for life. Vivian has directed that, after her lifetime, the remainder of the annuity be used to establish the R.C. Finley Family Endowment, which will support our ministry in perpetuity.

When asked about her motivation for setting up the annuity, Vivian simply stated, "I'm trying to help people through the mission of Church World Service. My family has been blessed and I am pleased to honor my parents and sister through this gift."

Vivian's gift is a wonderful example of how to honor someone through a special gift to Church World Service. To explore how you could honor someone in a similar way, give my office a call. I'd be happy to discuss the possibilities with you.

-- Ronald Blaum, Director of Gift and Estate Planning

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