Support KRC This Holiday Season
I hope you might give me a moment of your time to talk about fundraising. As you may know, KRC has a fund drive two times a year. We have many generous donors and I cannot say thank you enough. This year, for our spring drive we created a new donor classification system based on cover crops, a healthy sustainable solution to protecting vital topsoil. Donors were very generous, especially for the fact that we’re living in a year of such uncertainty.
This fall we have continued to request your support using the same cover crop theme for gift size classification. I love the idea of someone being really proud to be a “Sunflower Donor” at KRC. That level of commitment to an organization is incredible and valuable beyond its dollar amount. We will build upon that theme with a reminder of yearend giving for those who wish to save their donations for the end of the calendar year.
But we can’t all give at the sunflower level. So, we would like to remind you of a couple of other helpful ways to consider giving to KRC. The first makes annual giving easy, and you may be practicing this type of giving elsewhere as I do. I’m talking about monthly donations. Just think about the idea of giving $20 a month to KRC. Over the year that amounts to $240 and maybe more than you’ve given previously or are able to give in one lump sum. If you donate to public radio, for example, monthly giving is something they have been successful with for years. I’ve seen other donors who want to be part of a thousand-dollar gift society at a particular organization and round that out to a gift each month of $84. So think about it in terms of what might be easiest for you and if you think that monthly donating might be a little bit easier on your pocketbook, we would love to build a group of monthly donors.
My second question for your consideration is, have you made plans for donating in your will? Estate planning is something most of us think about at one time or another. I love the idea of bequest because it’s a way for me to keep on giving after my need for estate income is gone.
If you have a will or a trust or plans to make one soon, why not ask your attorney about the possibility of donating in a bequest? There are also other ways to create money for the future gift that you may want to consider —such as purchasing a life insurance package that benefits KRC.
None of this is to pressure any of you, but rather to open the conversation about the variety of ways we can give to support the work we believe in. With new work next year in policy, soil health, pollinator support, farm to school producer education, beginning farmers and rancher training, and continued integrated voter engagement activities, we have all this and soon even more for you to support and invest in for the health of our land, farmers, and food systems.