Many times we’ve shared the story of Jewell Thompson Schweitzer as the founder of the Humanitarian Award. But her legacy extends well beyond that. Her estate gift received in 2020 created both a large unrestricted fund for the CFO and a designated fund to support her church and three educational institutions.
Unrestricted gifts are both highly valued and harder to access. Donors need a willingness to cede control to a trusted institution to use the gift wisely. Jewell Schweitzer’s long relationships with the CFO and her valued advisors at FORVIS Private Client gave her the peace of mind to know that a percentage of her endowed gift will be used each year for needs she couldn’t have anticipated during her lifetime.
“I know that she absolutely believed in CFO and the mission of improving the community,” says Laurie Edmondson, her goddaughter and current CFO Board vice chair. “I think she chose an unrestricted gift because she understood the value of that category of giving and knew that CFO would use it in the best way possible.”
A commitment to educational achievement is a common thread among legacy leaders. Several recent estate gifts will create opportunities for students. More by coincidence than design, students in western Missouri will benefit enormously from two significant gifts designated for scholarships.
Clinton Schilling was a native of Lockwood, pop. 895, in the fertile farmlands of Dade County. Schilling particularly enjoyed the “dirt work” at the farm he shared with wife, Nancy. Their mutual passion for hard work led to a successful farming career that they wanted to enable for others. Their scholarship will support students in Barton, Dade, Jasper and Lawrence counties pursuing vocational, technical and agricultural education.