The Legacy of Mary Randall
Mary Randall was a longtime subscriber to FREE INQUIRY and the Secular Humanist Bulletin. She was born on July 2, 1954, in Frankfurt, Germany. As a child she lived and attended school all over the world. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma as well as several master’s degrees. Mary worked as a pharmacist for the Stillwater Medical Center for over twenty-five years. Sadly, she died in January 2009 at age fifty-four.
Mary lived in a part of the country often labeled as the Bible-belt. She belonged to MENSA and was a member of the Council for Secular Humanism, although her friends and coworkers were probably unaware of her affiliation with the Council (at least during her lifetime). I say this because when her employer called to inform us of Mary’s gift to the Council, the woman seemed genuinely surprised that Mary would leave a gift to our organization. After the initial phone call the only other contact from her employer was by letter. We soon learned that in addition to her retirement account, Mary also named the Council as a beneficiary on her life insurance policy.
Throughout the years Mary was a steady supporter, most often sending in small unsolicited gifts. She chose not to notify us that the Council was a recipient of such a generous bequest. She was probably fearful that she might receive unwanted attention; we were saddened that we were unable to thank her during her lifetime for her generosity and unable to let her know just how meaningful her gift is in the furtherance of the Council’s work. Mary left a wonderful legacy—we cannot thank her enough.
Thinking about death is difficult. Therefore, people generally do not like to think or talk about life insurance. But life insurance can be a wonderful gift to leave for the people or causes that you care about. This gift takes planning, something that Mary must have considered carefully. The power of life insurance is that a small investment reaps a substantial benefit.
One of the most important and sophisticated roles of life insurance in gift planning is its potential use in replacing the value of an asset that has been given to charity. Simply put, after a donor makes a gift to a charitable organization, the tax savings are used by his or her children or an irrevocable trust to purchase and pay the premiums on a life insurance policy on the donor’s life. Such an arrangement can ensure that the interests of the family beneficiaries will not be adversely affected.
Have you thought about the legacy that you want to leave? Have you considered that a life insurance policy designating the Center for Inquiry as your beneficiary might enable you to leave a significant gift? For more information, please contact CFI Development at 800-818-7071 or send an email to email@example.com.