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A message from Co-Chairs
Walt RuglanD and Mame Heaney

We live in a rare and wonderful community filled with generous people. If you are among those grateful for what the region has given you, we invite you to consider providing for a gift to the community through the Community Foundation after your lifetime.

Five years ago, the Foundation created the Himebaugh Legacy Circle to recognize people who have arranged for this kind of gift. We want to thank the 168 people who have signed on and invite
you to join them, and us, as Legacy Circle members.

It doesn’t matter what the amount of the gift is or whether you make a gift through your will or trust, an insurance policy, a retirement account or other estate tool. The gifts are all appreciated. It is an honor system; you inform the Foundation of your plans to give in this way and, if you choose, your name will appear on the list of Himebaugh Legacy Circle members as encouragement for others to follow your lead.

You may add to your existing family fund or establish a new charitable fund to continue to make grants in your name, or make an unrestricted endowment gift, allowing future leaders of the Community Foundation to address community needs long after you’re gone. However you do it, please consider arranging a gift to benefit future generations.

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Our Himebaugh Legacy Circle recognizes in life people who intend to make a gift to the Community Foundation through their estate planning. See who has joined.

Your Life. Your Legacy.

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"Your Life. Your Legacy."

The Himebaugh gift

Donald and Violet Himebaugh loved the Fox Valley. The couple – he an accountant, she a Spanish teacher – delighted in watching eagles soar over the Fox River from their modest home.  Upon their deaths, the Himebaughs made the entire Fox Valley their heirs with a bequest of $16 million to the Community Foundation.  Under the care of the Community Foundation, the Himebaughs’ loving legacy will forever shape the community they valued so dearly. You can join the Himebaughs in providing for the future of the community and be a part of the Himebaugh Legacy Circle, whatever the amount of your estate gift.

How you can give

You can help ensure the vitality of the Fox Valley area for future generations by making a planned gift to your Community Foundation of any amount, and for any charitable purpose, including gifts that:

If you have counted the community among your heirs, we would be honored to welcome you as a member of the Himebaugh Legacy Circle, which celebrates the thoughtful gifts that have been planned for the future benefit of community causes.  

Why join the Legacy Circle?

Read the reasons given by Richard Boya, Chick Fenlon, Bill & Joan Geenen, Pat & Anne Riley, Mary Harp-Jirschele & Jeff Jirschele, Gordon and Marilyn Holten, and Kathy Westover.

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Contact us for more information on joining the Himebaugh Legacy Circle.