Posts Tagged ‘Planned Giving’

Kacie Baldwin: Leaving a Legacy in Guatemala

Monday, October 30th, 2017
Kacie Baldwin

Kacie Baldwin with a bashful Culture of Reading Program (CORP) student.

The Moonlight Lawyer

Giving of herself is not new to Kacie Baldwin. In 2007, although she was already busy with a full-time job in IT, Kacie decided to go to law school and open her own private practice. She’s kept her job in IT, and now she moonlights as a lawyer, giving back to her community through estate planning, immigration law, and deportation defense. Too cool!

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One Mom’s Legacy to Her Daughter’s Birth Country

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Carrie and Lilly Schmidt
Remember Berta Alicia, the girl who simply refused to give up on her dreams? As with every CoEd scholarship student, her path to success was paved by a key player in her life: her sponsor. (more…)

Donor Spotlight: Ciro Farina Talks About Planned Giving

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Ciro Farina and CoEd go waaaaaay back–I’m talking farther back than CoEd itself here, people! Read on for our interview with one of our most stalwart supporters and how his path crossed with the CoEd family.

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Ciro (far right) poses with Guatemalan students and teachers on the August 2003 tour

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where I studied philosophy and law. My late wife, Ann, and Elaine Berninger (the mother of CoEd co-founders Jeff and Joe) were high school friends, and it was our good fortune to be present at the moment CoEd was created when we joyfully joined the Board of Trustees.

What motivated you to remember CoEd in your estate plans through planned giving?

Early on, planned giving seemed to me and Ann to be an effective way of helping CoEd achieve greater financial stability, especially during those economic periods when fundraising is most difficult. With no children ourselves, CoEd has been our family and I can think of no finer way to say “thank you” to that family than to help our “children” in Guatemala.

Do you have any advice for others considering a planned gift?

My only suggestion to these fine people would be to act now, as soon as they can. My wife died a few years ago and her love of CoEd would not have been honored had I delayed any longer. Giving to charity was an important part of our estate planning.

R.G.T2'02 Ciro at Chamil

This one is definitely a throwback: Ciro, Jeff and Joe accept thank you cards from the school of Chamil during an inauguration

Would you like to share anything else about your experience with CoEd?

I have been to Guatemala several times over the years and always come home with a reassurance of the value of CoEd’s efforts. I sincerely believe CoEd is changing the face of Guatemala bit by bit, child by child, day by day and I’m glad to share in that.

Interested in learning more about planned giving? Please contact Jennifer Frederick at jennifer@coeduc.org or (513) 661-7000 and read more here about leaving a legacy that will endure for generations.