Meet Some of Our Donors
Here are of some of the people who have made planned gifts to FCNL. Read on to learn their thinking, and consider how it might resonate with your plans for the future.
Deanne Butterfield and John Huyler
A world free of war and the threat of war. A society with equity and justice for all. A community where every person’s potential may be fulfilled. An Earth restored.
FCNL has been faithfully seeking this Quaker vision at the U.S. Congress for over sixty years. We know it will not be achieved in our lifetime, but leaving a bequest to FCNL is a way for our family to ensure that the work can continue well into the future. FCNL has informed, motivated and guided us in our political witness for the last 25 years. It is reassuring to know that we can have a lasting impact on what FCNL will be able to achieve in the future, and that our modest contribution will be part of that legacy.
David Bassett has been active in pacifist movements, particularly conscientious objection to military taxation, for most of his life. He provided health care in rural India in the 1950s as part of the Alternative Service program and went on to become a cardiovascular specialist.
Now retired, David and his wife Nan are involved in Rochester Friends Meeting in upstate New York and are strong supporters of FCNL’s work for peace and justice. David is enthused about FCNL’s advocacy training work with young adults. He is a generous monthly donor to FCNL’s work and is supporting the current capital campaign through an an outright gift over five years and a bequest intention.
Rob and Sue Settlage
Sue and Rob Settlage’s connection to FCNL has grown strong since attending their first Annual Meeting in 1994. “Since then,” Sue said, “Our respect for FCNL’s work has grown as our involvement and connections have deepened. Our appreciation of the staff grew when our daughter Chrysanthi served as an intern.” At that time, Sue continued, “We learned how much effort and time staff invests in interns who do real, meaningful work, with good advice while doing it. We believe that our contributions to that quality intern program have long ranging and lasting effects in our world. This year we found it particularly efficient to use Rob’s IRA mandatory distribution as our gift to the FCNL Education Fund.”
Ruth Hyde Paine
A lifelong advocate and long–time FCNL supporter, Ruth spent 30 years in Florida where she worked with Southeastern Yearly Meeting’s Nicaragua project. This work led to many trips to Central America and first-hand knowledge about the flaws in U.S. foreign policy. Ruth reflects, “FCNL has the best chance to influ–ence U.S. foreign policy. It has a good reputation with legislators based on accuracy and integrity, so our voices are heard.” In retirement from her career in education, Ruth continues to be active at Friends House, a Quaker-inspired retirement community in Santa Rosa, California.
Ruth has several charitable gift annuities with FCNL, and she uses her charitable giving to reduce the federal taxes she owes. In 2014 Ruth further reduced her taxable income by donating her IRA Required Minimum Distribution directly to the FCNL Education Fund.
Joanne and Bob Williams
Joanne and Bob Williams of Columbia, South Carolina, are strong advocates for the environment, for finding peaceful alternatives to war, and for reducing the threats from nuclear power and nuclear weapons. A few years ago, Joanne became discouraged that her church was not willing to speak up against the war in Iraq. After hearing a Friend speak at a nuclear power hearing, she was drawn to the Quaker Meeting.
The couple found FCNL shared their passion for many issues. At home, their pursuit of sustainable energy includes installing solar panels and driving an electric car. Joanne is also a veteran of marches against military intervention. But the ability of the FCNL to continually advocate for these issues on Capitol Hill drew them to begin supporting the organization in 2008. With three grandchildren, Joanne and Bob applaud FCNL’s focus on engaging young adults to advocate for peace and justice. Knowing the capital campaign will take this engagement to new heights, they decided to strengthen their support by including FCNL in their estate plans to support the long-term future of FCNL’s work. They also took advantage of the IRA provision in 2013 to supplement their annual giving with a gift from their IRA required minimum distribution. Joanne appreciates FCNL’s peacebuilding efforts.
“Every day, I hear questions from journalists and legislators asking how and when our government will respond militarily to each new threat. FCNL is one voice I can count on to say a violent response is still not the answer.”