What’s Your Legacy?
A legacy fund ensures that your philanthropic vision lives on. With careful planning, you can structure your gifts to accomplish philanthropic, family and financial goals in the present and build a legacy that will grow for generations to come. By planning a legacy gift during your lifetime you sow seeds of generosity that will bear fruit for generations. It’s a lasting way to give, share and grow.
Keeping the Music Alive
Jane Deming Fund
In 1995, the estate of Jane Deming established an endowed fund at OCCF with $779,625. The fund was designed to continue Jane’s lifelong support of music, education and therapeutic services for troubled families and youth. Since then, the Jane Deming Fund has granted more than $866,000 to programs including KidWorks, the Philaharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Symphony’s Class Act music education program, which puts professional musicians in classrooms throughout Orange County. Today, the funds balance exceeds $925,000, reflecting growth of more than $145,000, even after $866,000 in grant distributions. We know this would be music to Jane Deming’s ears.
Building A Living Legacy
Block Family Fund
Like many families in 2008, the economic downturn brought real-life challenges to Ryan and Reshma Block, both in their careers and on the home front. They had just adopted their young daughter and knew they had to shift, but didn’t know how. From the downturn, they saw an upswing. A friend introduced them to a simple concept: Give away what you want to receive. The courageous couple tried it. Within a few months, they opened a fund at the Orange County Community Foundation, made their first few grants and things started to change. OCCF helped them turn their giving mentality into a philanthropic strategy and today they are giving away more than ever through the Block Family Foundation.