For Dave and Lydia Jeter, Personal Experience Guides Philanthropic Giving

For Dave and Lydia Jeter, personal experiences have guided their philanthropic journey. The pair have long held a passion for giving through their church and have become involved in several nonprofit organizations over the years.

Dave and Lydia are fund holders at the Foundation and use their donor advised fund to award grants to the nonprofits that they believe add value to their community.

While both enjoy volunteering their time in support of these nonprofits, Dave believes that their financial contributions are what truly make a difference. “I’ve seen the effort it takes to get things done. It is important to us to financially support our favorite organizations so they can continue their important work in our community.”

Lydia has been involved with School of Economics, an interactive learning simulation that provides elementary aged students with economic learning opportunities, since she left the classroom in 1994. She became the first Director of the program and served in that capacity until she retired in 2001, and has continued to be involved as a board member and supporter since her retirement.

“School of Economics is a great program for the kids and they really learn a lot,” says Lydia, “I’ve been involved for the last twenty-five years and I still enjoy every bit of it.”

Dave has been involved in Gift of Life since undergoing a heart transplant in 2005. Gift of Life seeks to make the public aware of the critical shortage that exists of solid organs and tissue for transplantation through education and programming. Dave is a former board member of Gift of Life and continues to be an active supporter.  

“Gift of Life is such an incredible organization that we got involved with after my heart transplant in 2005,” says Dave, “I was given the gift of a new heart and that has inspired me to give gifts to others.”

For the Jeter’s, their involvement and financial support of these organizations come from a lifetime of lived experiences. Dave and Lydia support the work of Gift of Life and School of Economics through grants made through their donor advised fund at the Community Foundation. Utilizing a donor advised fund offers them a reliable and easy way to manage their annual contributions. 

“We like what THCF stands for,” says Lydia, “Dave and I have enjoyed the passion for the community that the Foundation has. It’s really something to see the sort of impact you can make when you get a bunch of people who care about moving things forward.”

“I think ultimately the reason we get involved in things in our community is because it’s in our DNA,” says Dave, “It comes from a place of wanting to be supportive of the things you feel connected to as a person.”

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