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Wake Forest changed my life. I am not exaggerating here.
I was in graduate school at American University and uncertain of my future
career path. I sought out a teacher-mentor from my Wake Forest days, Horace
Kelly, for advice. He encouraged me to be bold and unafraid of change and
I changed my concentration the following week. That led me to the career I
enjoy today. My company, which my business partner and I founded at the
dawn of the economic crash of 2007-08, builds assisted-living and
memory-care communities in Central Florida.
That advice didn't just tell me what to do with my professional life. At
that moment, I knew I had to give back to Wake Forest.
The issue was how to do it. I had cashed out my previous 401(k) to start my
business. I knew I wasn't liquid enough to give Wake Forest the gift it
deserved. I could never truly fill the space of what I owed the University
with standard, immediate gifts.
Planned Giving was the answer. It doesn't impact your cash flow or
liquidity. It is both easy and satisfying.
Knowing I had checked that box and that my commitment to Wake Forest was
taken care of - even if its impact would have to wait until I was gone -
was a life-changer for me.
And it can have the same impact for anybody.
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