Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Never Too Early to Leave a Legacy

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Never Too Early to Leave a Legacy

Article excerpt

My membership in the AAFCS Legacy Society is not a typographical error or a case of mistaken identity. While it is true that I only have a few gray hairs, have not served on the AAFCS Board, and have not been a Dean or Division Chair for an FCS program, I am nonetheless, a proud member of the Legacy Society. So what have I done to afford this distinction? Simple. I recognized AAFCS as a beneficiary of my estate.

My motivation to designate AAFCS in my will stemmed from two life-changing events that occurred within 12 months of each other-the birth of my second child and the death of my husband's father. My husband and I engaged in some sobering conversations: what is our true financial worth? How do we want to invest our hard-earned income? For what do we want to be remembered? How can we make a lasting contribution to society? We decided to make early choices about our future so that other people would not have to make these decisions for us.

I have unquestionably benefited from AAFCS by attending AAFCS accredited universities, receiving graduate student fellowships, engaging in professional development opportunities, and networking. …

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