Endowed Gifts

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Sustaining Eternal Impact

Supporting Children First through an endowment gift is an investment in the future of children and families living at risk. Your contribution ensures our steadfast commitment to providing essential assistance to those who need it the most. By supporting our endowment, you are offering a gift that delivers both immediate relief and lasting impact.

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Amy and Jim Chapman’s story

Amy and Jim Chapman, parents of three and grandparents of eight, have committed a major gift to enhance the Children First endowment. Jim, a finance graduate, founded Red Capital Group and retired as Chairman in 2012. The couple, impressed by Children First’s well-organized and financially sound programs, aim to support the agency’s mission to help vulnerable families by helping to seed their endowment. Amy, a former paralegal active in education and human-service organizations, is looking forward to furthering her involvement with Children First as a classroom volunteer.

Amy and Jim's Story

Sustaining Your Impact

There are a variety of ways you can make a lasting impact for future generations. Each approach allows individuals to leave a timeless legacy according to their values and priorities.

  • Bequest

    Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and well-being.

    Bequest Form PDF file
  • Living Trust

    Living trusts allow for the seamless transfer of assets to beneficiaries without going through probate, facilitating a more efficient and private distribution of assets and enabling individuals to control the distribution of their wealth.

  • Life Insurance

    Life insurance provides a financial safety net for loved ones or can be designated to support charitable causes. It serves as a way to leave a predetermined sum to beneficiaries, ensuring financial security.

  • Real Estate

    Real estate can be bequeathed to heirs or donated to charitable organizations. It represents a tangible and valuable asset that can contribute to a person's legacy by providing ongoing support or financial benefits.

Another special gift came in the form of a memorial fund: The Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund

As Senior Producer for “NBC Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, Eric Wishnie was a world class journalist. He produced Brokaw’s trips to Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Israel as well as interviews with leaders such as President George W. Bush and King Abdullah & Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. Eric also produced coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2002 games in Sydney. Eric traveled with Williams to produce election coverage in Iraq and post-tsunami coverage in Indonesia.

Eric’s passion for knowledge and learning ignited his life, leading his family to establish the Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund at Children First. Eric’s father Ted and his step-mother Ethna endowed the fund with a cash contribution and named Children First as a beneficiary in their will. Eric’s sister & brother-in-law Dawn and Mitchell Epstein are also contributors to the fund.

As Ted Wishnie said: “It is the family’s hope that others will join us in growing this fund, thus ensuring deserving children can improve the quality of their lives.” You may contribute to the Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund by making a direct gift of stock, cash, or you can name Children First in your will.

Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund

Make a donation to Children First in memory of Eric Wishnie, so that children living in poverty may have the opportunity to see and change the world, as Eric did.

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