The Museum’s first-ever planned giving challenge—the 20th Anniversary Legacy Challenge—has achieved its $1 million goal in advance of the April 30, 2013, deadline. In honor of the Museum’s 20th anniversary in 2013, two generous supporters stepped forward to challenge all members of the Museum community to make safeguarding truth for future generations their personal legacy. Through the establishment of their own planned gift of up to $1 million, the challenge donors matched up to 10 percent of each new planned gift to the Museum’s endowment, with a maximum of $25,000 per gift.
At its conclusion, 100 planned gifts confirmed for the benefit of the Museum’s endowment qualified for $1 million in matching funds from the 20th Anniversary Legacy Challenge. “We are so thankful to our challenge donors for raising awareness of the need to secure the Museum’s future through building a stronger endowment,” said Diane Wohl, national chair of the Museum’s Legacy of Light Society. “There’s no doubt that their generosity has led to an increase in deferred gifts for the benefit of the Museum’s endowment, and for that we are extremely grateful.”