Who can have their story written in The Legacy Memoirs?
We have opened this opportunity up to all major donors. This includes:
– a donor who has established a fund of any type
– a monthly donor who has committed to a long-term regular gift (monthly donations totalling five years or more)
– an annual donor who has committed to a long-term regular gift (annual donations totalling five years or more)
– a person who has made the Foundation a beneficiary of an insurance policy
– a person who has made a promise to include the Foundation in his or her will (to leave a bequest to the Foundation)
– a donor who has made a single gift of $5,000 or more
Who writes the story?
The donor may write their own story or, if they prefer, they may opt to have us write it for them. We have developed a relationship with St. Thomas University’s Journalism and Communications programs that has allowed us to access wonderfully talented individuals to interview the donors and write their stories. We are also happy to provide assistance editing a story if the donor so wishes.
How long is the story?
We generally limit stories to approximately 1,000 words.
May the donor include a picture?
We encourage donors to include a picture with their story. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, we think that a picture, plus a thousand words makes for a fabulous story!
May the donor write the story of another family member?
Yes. Donors may choose to write the story of their parents, grandparents or any other family member they wish to memorialize.
What happens to the stories once they are written?
The stories are placed into a book, and we will also make them available online through our website.
What size of bequest or insurance benefit do I have to leave to the Foundation to qualify for a story in The Legacy Memoirs?
There is no minimum amount required. We simply encourage you to remember that this is the last gift that you are making to your community and it should reflect your sense of gratitude, commitment and hope for the future of our community. It is your legacy.
I am a monthly donor. What size of monthly gift do I have to make to qualify for a story in The Legacy Memoirs?
There is no minimum amount required. However, we do require that you be a monthly donor for at least five years before we write your story or that you pledge to make monthly donations for at least five years in succession. We encourage you to make a generous donation, within your means, that reflects your sense of gratitude, commitment and hope for the future of our community.
I am an annual donor. What size of annual gift do I have to make to qualify for a story in The Legacy Memoirs?
There is no minimum amount required. However, we do require that you be an annual donor for at least five years before we write your story or that you pledge to make annual donations for at least five years in succession. We encourage you to make a generous donation, within your means, that reflects your sense of gratitude, commitment and hope for the future of our community.
Why is there a minimum donation required to qualify for The Legacy Memoirs for donors who make a single donation, but not for monthly donors, annual donors or potential donors who have promised to leave a bequest or insurance policy to the Foundation?
The Legacy Memoirs is our way of showing appreciation to those donors who have both made a commitment to the Foundation and who have also developed a very real relationship with us. The Legacy Memoirs is like OUR family storybook. Donors who make gifts at regular intervals or who understand us well enough to leave us a gift in their will or through an insurance policy have generally established a close relationship with us. One-time donations are very greatly appreciated and sometimes those donors do indeed have a relationship with us. However, that is generally more likely to be the case with one-time donors who make a major gift of over $5,000.
Does the Foundation ever make exceptions to any of these rules for inclusion?
Yes. We know that there are circumstances where a donor may not meet the criteria for inclusion in The Legacy Memoirs, but is deserving of a place in the book. In these cases, the Foundation may make the decision to offer a place in the book to any donor the Foundation so wishes.
How does someone have their story included in The Legacy Memoirs?
Anyone who meets the criteria or who intends to meet the criteria is encouraged to contact the Fredericton Community Foundation at 506-454-2262 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.