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Ted and Dawn Michael Ted and Dawn Michael
The Community Foundation provides added value to our annual giving plans. It is simply easier for us to support causes we care about – United Way, Vero Beach Museum of Art and the Senior Resource Association to name a few – through the Community Foundation....

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Nancilee Wydra Nancilee Wydra
A local resident since 1982, artist and most published American author on feng shui, Nancilee searched for the most convenient way to give. When a friend suggested the Indian River Community Foundation, she tested the waters with a small donor advised fund. “I experienced the...

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Rick and Laura McDermott Rick and Laura McDermott
Rick and Laura cite numerous benefits of the Community Foundation for philanthropists, nonprofits and Indian River County, including: Donors have the opportunity to be more strategic with their giving by accessing IRCF’s knowledge of the area’s most pressing needs and the nonprofits providing the solutions....

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Bill and Laura Frick
We coordinate all of our giving through our donor advised funds. These funds offer us flexibility in meeting our philanthropic goals and provide maximum tax benefits with no annual giving requirement. We also receive comprehensive quarterly fund statements. Most importantly, the Indian River Community Foundation...

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Nick and Liz Melnick Nick and Liz Melnick
Like others, Nick and Liz Melnick receive requests from many worthy organizations but focus their major giving on healthcare and education. They learned about Indian River Community Foundation from neighbors and their attorney agreed the organization could help them achieve their goals. “Online access to...

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Willaim N. Kirk, Attorney Willaim N. Kirk, Attorney
[caption id="attachment_1343" align="alignleft" width="300"] William N. Kirk, Attorney[/caption] At this point, I suspect most advisors usually recommend the use of a donor advised fund instead of a family charitable foundation for their clients. The simplicity and other advantages of the current formation of a donor...

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Ralph T. King Ralph T. King
[caption id="attachment_1341" align="alignleft" width="202"] Ralph T. King[/caption] If you were to ask Ralph King why he moved his family foundation to a donor advised fund at Indian River Community Foundation, you might be surprised by his honest answer. “Laziness! I was tired of all the...

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The Learning Alliance The Learning Alliance
The Learning Alliance is a small, grass roots organization. Having a fund at the Community Foundation frees our volunteers and staff to concentrate on the work at hand. The Community Foundation also gives our donors confidence their philanthropic contributions are being managed wisely and used...

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Randy and Sandy Rolf Randy and Sandy Rolf
[caption id="attachment_1206" align="alignleft" width="211"] R.K. and S.L. Rolf Fund[/caption] We believe you should support the community in which you live through charitable giving. One way to determine how to invest your philanthropic capital is by getting involved to become aware of the needs. And then...

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Dace B. Stubbs Dace B. Stubbs
[caption id="attachment_1145" align="alignleft" width="203"] Dace B. Stubbs Family Fund[/caption] Dace Brown Stubbs grew up knowing the importance of giving back. This  appreciation for the blessings in life is the legacy of multiple Brown family generations. Dace and the other family members lead by example, finding causes...

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