The Carrs - It Fits Like a Mitten
No doubt, you have heard the saying, "It fits like a glove." That reference to something being a perfect match could well describe what numerous American Baptists feel about their experiences with charitable gift annuities (CGAs). Many stories from across the nation could be told about the "perfect fit" of a CGA, but two of those stories happen to come from the Lower Peninsula of Michigan-that part that is in the shape of a mitten.
The beliefs of a person naturally create a pattern for living that leads to certain decisions and actions. That clearly is the case for H. Bruce and Carol Carr who live in the suburbs of Detroit. Both are retired from public school careers, are active in their church, and believe strongly in education. They heard about CGAs from Foundation representatives whom they met at Green Lake conferences and regional events of the American Baptist Churches of Michigan(ABC-MI).The Carrs were attracted by the idea of funding a CGA because, as Bruce explains,"It would help us do three things.First, we would be following the biblical mandate to be good stewards of what God has given us as taught in Luke 16:1-13.Second, we could support a cause with which I've been involved for 25 years. And third, it would provide a lifetime income for my wife and me as well as help us take advantage of tax savings."