Volunteers leading the Leave A Legacy Southwest Minnesota initiative are Paul Pieschel of Springfield, Nancy Hansen of Redwood Falls, Chuck Robasse of Wabasso, Greg Carlson of Tracy, and Scott Thoreson, Springfield.

Leave A Legacy

Organized to build better communities

The future of Southwest Minnesota — that’s what a group of volunteers are working to secure through the Leave A Legacy Southwest Minnesota project, which advocates for philanthropy and educates potential donors about how to give locally to help sustain  their communities.


The group itself is not asking for donations and does not collect money; instead, its goal is to build stronger communities with the help of the people.  The group is simply the advocating arm for the organization.

Leave a Legacy Southwest Minnesota’s mission is to encourage philanthropy by connecting and educating donors, nonprofit organizations, and professional advisors on the benefits, methods and opportunities of charitable gift planning in an effort to strengthen and sustain our rural communities. 

Networking opportunities will be available for professionals and members of the non-profit organizations to get together at educational sessions which will be held at various geographical settings throughout Southwest Minnesota with the first educational session in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Charitable Giving will be the topic of the first session held from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Springfield Area Community Center. Lunch will be provided. 

Tracy will host the second session with “Donor Stories That Work” on Wednesday, May 8, at the Tracy Country Club.

Redwood Falls will host the third session, “Philanthropic Strategies,” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, with two sessions at 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. 

These educational sessions will help the professional members and non-profit organizational members to enhance their skills and to better represent clients and ultimately to benefit charities in the many rural communities of southwest Minnesota. The programs are geared toward providing education to rural professionals to inspire them to think about how they can help others contribute at a local level. 

The volunteer-led initiative, Leave a Legacy Southwest Minnesota is a program that inspires people from all walks of life and income levels to think beyond their lifespan about gifts to their favorite local charities and nonprofit organizations.

Anyone interested can become a member, whether that’s a non-profit or professional, is welcome. 

To add value to membership, members have the ability to have their business or non-profit organization’s information available on the Leave a Legacy — Southwest Minnesota website: www.leavealegacyswmn.org.  This enables potential customers for the professional members (attorneys financial institutions, financial advisors) or potential donors to non-profit organizations to learn more and interact in an efficient way.


See complete article in this week's edition of the Springfield Advance-Press.

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