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July 30, 2018

Leaving a Legacy in Our Community

Roger and Glenda Schorr have been dedicated, passionate and major supporters of United Way of Greater Cincinnati for decades. Roger’s initial involvement utilized his data and analytical skills to chair a research and marketing committee, and he has since served on United Way’s Foundation Board and various other United Way committees throughout the years. Glenda has committed to early childhood education in very direct ways that connect her to our community’s youngest children.

This past June, Roger and Glenda Schorr were honored for their commitment to United Way and the entire Greater Cincinnati community at large at the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council’s 20th Annual Voices of Giving Awards. The awards honor local area philanthropists who have made a bequest or planned gift to one of a variety of local charitable organizations.

“We are lucky in Cincinnati to have so many fine institutions. Our United Way is judged as one of those institutions,” said Roger and Glenda Schorr. “We feel it has reached this elite status because it goes way beyond fund raising.  In over 100 years of its existence, it has been able to convene community leaders to address our major community human service needs. We hope our support will help sustain another 100 years.”

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Planned giving supports the United Way of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, which is a collection of endowed gifts that provides sustainable funding for United Way. The Foundation is the cornerstone of support for United Way and provides long-lasting impact in our community.

Gifts to the Foundation can be made in honor of, or in memory of someone, and can be perpetuated in a variety of ways, including designating United Way a beneficiary of a retirement account, making United Way the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or designating United Way in your will (making a bequest), which is how Roger and Glenda chose to make their gift.

In 2002, Roger and Glenda became members of the then United Way & Community Chest Foundation Legacy Society (now known as Legacy Leaders.) Their planned gift commitment was to be funded through ongoing cash and security contributions. By 2007, after a great deal of involvement with United Way, Roger and Glenda increased their support to endow their Tocqueville gift, which is a $250,000 commitment.

In 2015, the Schorr’s generously increased their gift to a one-million-dollar bequest commitment, thus establishing the “Roger and Glenda Schorr Human Services Fund.” Annual distributions from this gift will be dedicated to early childhood education, an area which the Schorr’s are passionate about.

“Roger and Glenda truly embody the spirit of this Voices of Giving award,” said MaryAnn Remke, director, planned giving, United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “They have already left a tremendous legacy to not only United Way but our community at large through their toil and treasure. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with them.”

The Foundation is a great way to leave a legacy and touch as many people as possible. Think of it as a philanthropic savings account or 401 K – there for special opportunities, emergencies and continuing to touch people in our community now and into the future.

Since 2016, the Foundation has distributed more than $7.4 million for important work in our community.

Interested in leaving a legacy by making a planned gift? Contact MaryAnn Remke at 513-762-7112 or MaryAnn.Remke@uwgc.org.