Branson businessman Dennis Newkirk is looking to make a significant impact on the area he calls home.
Newkirk, a financial planner, has pledged to make a $50,000 commitment to Skaggs Foundation if the foundation can secure an additional $50,000 in planned giving bequests before the end of 2019.
“The community has been very good to me and my family,” explains Newkirk. “We have been blessed to live here. I believe in giving back to the community that has done so much for me and my family. I think giving to Skaggs Foundation is a great way of doing that. Skaggs Foundation is an excellent partner in benefitting Stone and Taney counties through health and wellness initiatives as well as by being an important support for Cox Medical Center Branson.”
Skaggs Foundation was established in 2002 and this year is on track to impact more than 42,500 individuals in Stone and Taney counties. Skaggs Foundation funds patient programs, supports the Branson hospital in capital improvement projects, provides student scholarships and impacts thousands of lives annually through its community grant making program, Skaggs Legacy Endowment.
“My desire in making a bequest is to help ensure the sustainability of operating the foundation for future generations,” says Newkirk. “I decided to make a matching bequest to offer an incentive so others may double their impact in giving to Skaggs Foundation. Many people think you have to make a big donation to be worthwhile, but I don’t think that is true. I believe every gift that every person makes helps in some way."
Leaving a gift to Skaggs Foundation in a Will or Trust is a great way for individuals to make a lasting impact for generations to come.
“Making a commitment through a Will or Trust allows an individual to retain full access to their assets until their passing,” says Attorney Patricia Fleetwood. “Many individuals worry about illness, incapacity, the cost of nursing homes, inflation and the rising cost of health care. Making a bequest is a great way for an individual to make a gift without jeopardizing their financial future. And, giving to Skaggs Foundation is a great way to magnify the impact of your generosity.”
To learn how you can pledge your support, call Skaggs Foundation President Meghan Connell at 417-348-8002 or email Meghan.Connell@Skaggs.net. For more information about Skaggs Foundation, visit SkaggsFoundation.org.