Legacy Stories

“I think anyone who cares about really making a difference for children in a meaningful way would want to consider investing in The Baby Fold – nobody does it better.” 
– Dr. 
Pat Grogg

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
Pat first learned about The Baby Fold during junior high school when a childless couple in her church adopted two children with the help of The Baby Fold.  In the early 90’s Pat served on The Baby Fold’s Board of Directors.  She reflects, “I really got to know what The Baby Fold does through my time as a board member.”  She was also part of the campaign leadership team for the first Oglesby building renovation.  

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
“The more you learn about human development, the more you learn that it is critical to put a child on the right path as early as possible.  A positive start leads to the best outcomes for the child, family, and community.” 

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
“I think that the things that matter to me now are things that will matter to the community at large in the future.  Nobody does a better job of meeting the needs of children and families than The Baby Fold – The Baby Fold is the BEST!”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
Pat hopes that her gift will enable The Baby Fold to continue helping children reach their full potential.  

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
Pat is a big believer in planning, “I want The Baby Fold’s leadership to know about my intention so that they can plan for the future with confidence.” 

6. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
“I think anyone who cares about really making a difference for children in a meaningful way would want to consider investing in The Baby Fold – nobody does it better.”

 

 

“The importance of The Baby Fold will continue to grow and they have 117 years of demonstrated successI trust them to make good decisions going forward.  We want to be a part of helping this organization to exist for another 100 years.”
– Larry and Jane Phillips

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
Larry and Jane first learned about The Baby in the 70’s through friends whose son received services from The Baby Fold.  In the mid 80’s, the same couple invited Larry to get involved with service on The Baby Fold’s Board of Directors.  Larry learned quickly that the work of The Baby Fold is deep and broad.  Jane states, “Strong families make strong communities and this is why we have stayed involved over the years.”  Larry continues to serve The Baby Fold with board membership and adds, “The Baby Fold is run as a successful business that enjoys sustained excellence in leadership and implementation of ‘best practices’.”

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
The Baby Fold doesn’t shy away from difficult problems and situations that affect children and families.  Jane explains, “From its beginning, The Baby Fold has approached its work from a faith based mindset. This trust in faith has allowed them to step out and address the difficult situations in the community. The Baby Fold has been willing to take on challenges that others will not.”  They both believe changes in society have necessitated a greater need for the work of The Baby Fold.  Larry adds, “The character of the employees at The Baby Fold is incredible.”  Jane agrees and believes that employee perseverance and longevity speaks to the dedication and heart of the agency. “It is not just a paycheck – it is a mission for the employees of The Baby Fold.”

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
When asked to consider including The Baby Fold in their estate plans it all came down to trust and the importance of the work.  Larry shared, “It’s important to update your will periodically. The importance of The Baby Fold will continue to grow and they have 117 years of demonstrated success. I trust them to make good decisions going forward. This all softened our hearts. We want to be a part of helping this organization to exist for another 100 years.”  Jane shared, “Trust is important, but the need is great too. As new therapies and treatments are developed, to stay strong, you have to have a financial base to be able to respond and remain on the cutting edge.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
Larry and Jane feel that they are very blessed and that every child ought to be as fortunate as theirs.  Larry stated, “We have been very fortunate; doing this is honoring our family by investing in other families – to give other children a chance for a better life.”

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
Jane shared, “It’s humbling.”  Larry added, “We have never been asked to do this before – plus trusting the agency – it made sense. How could we not do something to benefit The Baby Fold.”

6. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
After Larry and Jane made their decision to include The Baby Fold in their estate plans they took it on as a project to encourage others to look at what is important and to support it.  Larry shared, “The legacy decision gave us the push to help others to consider making similar important decisions. Join us and include The Baby Fold in your estate plan. Your gift will make our communities stronger for everyone.”

 

The Baby Fold is doing work to make our communities stronger.  It made sense to include The Baby Fold in our estate plans due to our long history with the agency.  We are doing what we can.  Service is important.”
– Dick and Eleanor Winters

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
Dick and Eleanor were introduced to The Baby Fold through their church.  Dick joined the Baby Fold Board of Directors in 1966 upon recommendation from his pastor.  Upon reaching 50 years of service Dick was named an honorary board member.  Dick states, “I stay involved because the board is active.”

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
Over the years the specific programs of The Baby Fold have changed to best meet the needs of our community, but the focus continues to be on serving vulnerable children and families.  The one constant for The Baby Fold has been change.  Dick reflects, “The Baby Fold is doing work to make our communities stronger.”

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
Dick and Eleanor have included The Baby Fold as a beneficiary of a Charitable Remainder Trust that will also benefit their church.  The Winters shared, “It made sense to include The Baby Fold in our estate plans due to our long history with the Agency. We are doing what we can. Service is important.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
“We hope our gift will help The Baby Fold to continue to address the unmet needs facing children and families in our community.”

5. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
Many years ago Dick helped The Baby Fold hire an investment advisory service to manage its portfolio. “The Baby Fold isn’t a rich organization,” he said. “But having those investments is one way the Agency has been able to thrive over the years. Join us and include The Baby Fold in your estate plan. Your gift will make our communities stronger for everyone.”

 

 

“The Baby Fold has to be able to plan for its future and this is a way of helping them to accomplish that.  [My legacy gift] will help the children that I will never know to have a better life.”
– Charlotte Talkington

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
Charlotte first became involved with The Baby Fold in 2000 when The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Professionals of McLean County began their annual bake shop at The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees and has been involved since then.  Over the years, Charlotte learned more about the work of The Baby Fold from speakers at FCS meetings as well as mailings from and a formal tour of The Baby Fold.  She has found The Baby Fold’s annual Founders Day Luncheon as a good way to learn more about their impact in the community.

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
Charlotte is especially focused on the Healthy Start Program because early education is important to society.  This home visiting program works with new parents, providing education and encouragement in their parental role as their child’s first and most important teacher.  This program has a 95% success rate in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect for children.  Charlotte believes it is important for all kids to have a better start in life.

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
It was important to Charlotte that she could direct her gift specifically towards her passion for supporting the Healthy Start Program. “My career as a home economist, now called Family and Consumer Sciences, promoted the well-being of all aspects of family life. Working with the parent and the literacy aspects of Healthy Start adds an important aspect that strengthens our society.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
Charlotte is pleased that her gift will continue to grow and help Healthy Start expand so it can continue to support families.  She trusts The Baby Fold will use her gift to improve the community which is good for everyone.  “It will help the children that I will never know to have a better life.”

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
“The Baby Fold has to be able to plan for its future and [my legacy gift] is a way of helping them to accomplish that.”

6. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
“Individuals need to look at what they value, what is important to them; if children and families are important to them, then The Baby Fold is a wonderful place to invest their resources. Join me and include The Baby Fold in your estate plan. Your gift will make our communities stronger for everyone.”

 

 

“Including The Baby Fold as a part of my legacy is important because the love has to go on.  I don’t ever want a child to ask the question; where is God? – and have it unanswered.”
Rev. Lori Bultemeier

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
Lori first learned about The Baby Fold as a child through her church.  Her parents’ first gift as a married couple through the church was to benefit The Baby Fold.  Lori first visited The Baby Fold as part of a church youth group experience.  In the early 80’s Lori completed an internship at The Baby Fold as part of her music therapy major.  After a second internship out of state, Lori came back to Illinois and accepted a position as a teacher at The Baby Fold.  Lori shared “One year at The Baby Fold turned into 32.”  Much later she was called into ministry (pastoral care for children and families) and now serves The Baby Fold as Christian Life Coordinator.

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
Everyone is born with a need to love and be loved. “The work of The Baby Fold is important because God created us to be in connection with him, each other, and ourselves.  That is what The Baby Fold does.  Meets people where they are and takes them a little higher.”

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
“Including The Baby Fold as a part of my legacy is important because the love has to go on.  I don’t ever want a child to ask the question; where is God? – and have it unanswered.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
Lori believes her gift will ensure that every child and family will have the opportunity to receive the hope of the Gospel.  Her Legacy gift is directed to support the Christian Life Fund at The Baby Fold.

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
Lori believes that documenting her gift with The Baby Fold is a privilege.  “I know that I am giving to a strong organization with proven results and a long track record of success.”  She is confident in The Baby Fold’s vision and resiliency.

6. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
Lori absolutely encourages others to consider including The Baby Fold in their estate plans. “It doesn’t hurt a bit, it is a painless gift.”

 

 

You want your life to make a difference.  [Making a legacy gift to The Baby Fold] assures that our lives will make an impact on the most vulnerable children and families in our communities. ” 
Rev. John & Ruth Ann Hamilton

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
John was first introduced to The Baby Fold as a child through his family and the church.  When he became a pastor later in life it became a premier focus for him and Ruth Ann.  In 1979 John became involved with The Baby Fold’s camp program.  Under John’s leadership the camp program grew and today it continues to touch lives of campers and teen counselors.

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
“Because it’s all about children and families.”  The Baby Fold continues to build a legacy of love for children and families to ensure that they are whole and healthy.  In the process this creates stronger communities for everyone.  

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
John and Ruth Ann shared that tithing is important to them.  Tithing is also an important consideration for estate planning.  John states “You want your life to make a difference.  This assures that our lives will make an impact on the most vulnerable children and families in our communities.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
We know that our gift will help heal families and perpetuate the impact of The Baby Fold in the community.”

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
“It is self-satisfying to do what you intended to do. It feels good to look at a future with hope.”

6. Would you encourage others to include The Baby Fold in their estate plan?
John and Ruth Ann know that people won’t help unless they are asked.  They boldly encourage others to consider including The Baby Fold in their own Legacy plans.  “If you are not intentional about making your wishes known, no one else can do it for you.”

 

“The Baby Fold is trying to help children and families in need, to make our communities stronger for everyone.  I hope our gift will help The Baby Fold to extend its outreach and continue developing new programs into the future.”
C. Ray Prussner

1. How did you first become involved with The Baby Fold?
C. Ray and his wife were first introduced to The Baby Fold through their church. The Baby Fold was able to help them adopt their son, Randy.

2. Why do you think The Baby Fold’s work is important?
“The Baby Fold is trying to help children and families in need, to make our communities stronger for everyone.”

3. Why did you include The Baby Fold in your estate plans?
“Because of the adoption of Randy, we wanted others to benefit the way we had.”

4. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
“I hope our gift will help The Baby Fold to extend its outreach and continue developing new programs into the future.”

5. How do you feel about documenting your gift?
C. Ray always wanted to include The Baby Fold in his estate plans. “It felt like the right thing to do. I would definitely suggest that others consider including The Baby Fold in their estate plans. The Baby Fold is helping to meet the unmet needs of children and families.”