Wise Words on Charitable Giving

For Bob and Candy White, their donor advised fund initially allowed them to do more with less.

The Whites recently retired after successful careers in education. In 2013, they established the Bob and Candy White Foundation. Until recently, however, they had limited financial resources to support their many charitable interests.

“Truman Heartland’s donor advised fund has been a vehicle for us to make larger, intentional contributions that were not feasible on our monthly budget alone,” said Candy, who taught elementary school for many years. “It’s like a charitable savings account that earns interest.”

Bob began his career at Lee’s Summit High School as a high school language arts teacher. Over the years, he helped develop the at-risk high school program; served as assistant principal at the middle and high school levels; helped start the District’s alternative school program and was the first Director of the Summit Technology Academy. Bob retired as director of Summit Tech in 2007. Today, he serves on the R-7 School Board.

Candy, initially, taught kindergarten in Lone Jack before moving to the Lee’s Summit District. Throughout her career as a kindergarten and first grade teacher, she facilitated professional development opportunities. She served as a mentor to new teachers and was involved with the Teaching Fellows Mentor Program through the University of Missouri. Today, Candy sits on two early childhood advisory groups.

The Whites are active volunteers with a passion for a wide range of community causes, including church, education and children’s health. Both hold key leadership roles in Lee’s Summit.

“We live by the motto ‘give of your time, talent and treasure.’ We are tasked to feed the hungry, care for the sick and help lift up the poor,” said Bob.

Both emphasized that they could not maintain their level of giving without help from THCF. Their sound advice for individuals who want to start their own donor advised fund: “Explore your options and be well-informed. Plan for your future so that you can support charitable causes,” said Bob. “Take advantage of the Truman Heartland staff. They are experts!”

Candy added: “What’s important is not the amount that you give but the desire to give.” 

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