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With a little planning, there are ways to support counseling and residential care programs for at-risk youth far into the future, too. As you’re considering your end-of-life planning, you may wish to include a planned gift to Rawhide, such as a bequest, beneficiary designation, charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity.
Choosing the right planned gift depends on your personal circumstances and financial goals. Your attorney or financial advisor can help you coordinate a planned gift to Rawhide. We also would be happy to explain the many gift opportunities that can help you achieve your goals while helping to sustain Rawhide’s mission.
A charitable bequest is a provision in your will or estate plan that allocates all or part of your estate to Rawhide. The amount left to Rawhide can be expressed as a dollar amount or as a percentage of the assets to be given. Charitable bequests are popular because they offer flexibility and allow you to minimize death taxes and other costs, resulting in more assets for your heirs. Bequest Language: The official bequest language for Rawhide is: “I <Name> of <City, State, Zip>give and bequeath to Rawhide, Inc. <$________or %_________ of my estate>, to be utilized for <general use or name restricted purpose>.
Consider making Rawhide your named beneficiary from retirement plan assets, such as an IRA, 401K, 403(b) or other defined contribution plans. Gifting a retirement plan account or benefit will cause no income tax to be paid on the funds in the account.
Life insurance policies can provide several options for making a meaningful and substantial charitable gift to Rawhide:
A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is an arrangement whereby you transfer cash or other assets (appreciated stock) to Rawhide in exchange for a commitment by Rawhide to pay a fixed amount to you and/or another beneficiary for life. At the death of the beneficiary, the remaining balance transfers to Rawhide.
Charitable Trusts are a category of planned gifts that provide a variety of benefits to donors and Rawhide. The common factor is that they are legally established as trusts, which are financial tools to hold and administer funds for the benefit of a person or organization. Some of the most common Charitable Trust vehicles include:
A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a vehicle established at a public charity. Most major investment organizations allow you to create a DAF, as well as most local community foundations.
A DAF allows you to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit and then recommend grants from the fund over time. An easy way to think about a DAF is like a charitable savings account: you contribute to the fund as frequently as you like and then recommend grants to Rawhide or other charities when you are ready.
The #15 League, named in honor of Green Bay Packers legend Bart Starr and his wife Cherry, recognizes and thanks the special group of Rawhide supporters who have named Rawhide as a beneficiary of a legacy gift. By completing our Confidential Member Commitment Form and returning it to us, you will become part of the #15 League and receive the following benefits:
“After working as a machinist for more than 30 years, Don started a small delivery service – D&K Trucking. “I bought this Dodge Sprinter in 2005 and, the day I picked it up – I knew it was destined for Rawhide some day!” – Don Kubichek
Don Kubichek’s commitment to Rawhide began in 1967 when he responded to an ad on TV announcing Rawhide’s annual Christmas tree sale. While walking around the campus, he visited with Rawhide co-founders, John and Jan Gillespie, met house parents and some of the Rawhide youth. “I only came to purchase a Christmas tree,” Don explains. “But I was touched by what I saw and I knew immediately that Rawhide was a special place.”
Over the next half century, Don has witnessed Rawhide’s expansion from the Lodge and a boys’ bunkhouse over the Frontier Café to its present campus that includes seven youth homes, Starr Academy, equine therapy, as well as out-patient counseling services.” In reminiscing about Rawhide, Don says “Once a friend, always a friend. I continue to be so proud of Rawhide.”
In 2008, Don decided he wanted to do something more and joined the #15 League by naming Rawhide as a beneficiary in his Will. “My philosophy is that everyone should give something back. Rawhide is my legacy.”
I have been an avid sports fan for nearly 75 years. As such, I have been in awe of the Green Bay Packers. How can a city of 105,000 people support an NFL franchise throughout all these years? No fancy 1.5 billion dollar stadium–just real diehard fans.
Part of the lore includes the incredible 1967 “Ice Bowl”–with a temperature of minus 15 degrees and an average wind chill as low as minus 48 degrees. The star of that game was Bart Starr! Years later, as an avid reader, I consumed America’s Quarterback , a story about Mr. Starr. Bart is generally thought of as being one of the best quarterbacks ever but after reading this book, I realized he is also one of the world’s greatest people! “Giving”, “thoughtful”, “humble”, and “courteous” are just a few of the words that describe him.
America’s Quarterback describes how Bart and Cherry Starr played a major role in the founding of Rawhide Boys Ranch. I learned how Rawhide accepts at-risk and troubled boys and helps them lead healthy and responsible lives. What an amazing story! My donor heart strings were tugged and I have been contributing to Rawhide ever since.
More recently, I established a Donor Advised Fund at a local foundation and am proud to say that I named Rawhide as one of its primary beneficiaries. So, when I am no longer here, Rawhide will be a recipient of funds in perpetuity! What a nice way to create a lasting memorial.
“Bud and I wanted to make sure that Rawhide’s Student of the Month program will continue for future generations.” – Cathy Jacobs
As life-time educators, Bud and Cathy Jacobs spent their careers helping to direct the lives of literally thousands of students – Cathy as an elementary school teacher and Bud as an instructor at a local technical college. Their love of education made planning for Rawhide’s Student of the Month program a natural step for them.
Cathy explains that while touring Rawhide’s campus in 2004, they met the Student of the Month and learned of Rawhide’s commitment to education and its caring, family atmosphere. While driving home, the Jacobs decided to create a provision in their family trust to endow Rawhide’s Student of the Month program. “This was the most satisfying thing we ever did; and we enjoyed the thought every day,” Cathy said.
Since 2005, the Jacobs have returned monthly to Rawhide to meet the current Student of the Month, visiting with him over lunch. “We wanted to serve as role models for the boys, teach them responsibility, be supportive, and help them turn their lives around,” Cathy said. “We thought…if we can do this, we’ve accomplished our goal. And for us, the rewards have been extremely wonderful.”
Bud passed away in 2015. Cathy continues to uphold their dedication to Rawhide’s Student of the Month program. “It was my husband’s and my decision and it’s been continuing as we envisioned.”
Each month a young man is selected as the Student of the Month by the staff of Starr Academy, Rawhide’s private school. Winners are selected for their scholastic efforts, maintaining a high rank, helpfulness to others, and exhibiting a positive attitude.
Growing up in a family with hard-working parents and 15 siblings, Mary Hosmer learned early on that everyone has a personal responsibility to give back. “Although my parents didn’t have a lot of financial wealth, they taught us that the ‘fun is in the giving’ – whether you’re giving of your time, your talent or your treasures,” she said.
Raised in rural Manawa, Mary recalls visiting what is now the Rawhide campus with her father. He was considering purchasing the land in order to develop a golf course along the river. As history tells, the land was instead purchased by Rawhide co-founders, John and Jan Gillespie.
As an adult, Mary’s involvement with Rawhide spanned a quarter century during which she served as broker for the organization’s property and casualty insurance program. In this role, Mary learned much about Rawhide’s business model and the many programs and services offered for at-risk youth and their families. “I was most impressed with Rawhide’s mission – the mission was at the ‘front and center’ of everything Rawhide did,” she remarked. Following her career in insurance, Mary maintained her affiliation with Rawhide as a volunteer member of its Founders Council.
Participation on the Founders Council and managing its risk insurance program were not Mary’s only connections to Rawhide: Her brother, Ed, was instrumental in starting the About Face Program; her Brother, Tom, and his wife, Judi, taught at Starr Academy; and seeing the boys, during her numerous campus visits, rekindled fond memories of growing up with her 11 brothers and four sisters.
Now, Mary says that she and her husband, Ray, are in the ‘giving back’ phase of their lives. She explains that about 10 years ago they established a family trust and named as beneficiaries the charities that reflect their values and passions. “Leaving a legacy gift to Rawhide supports our life-long belief in giving back to an organization that’s important to us,” Mary said. “We’re proud to be members of the #15 League, and encourage others to join.”
Serving others is one of the highest honors of Bryan and Rebecca Blankfield’s lives.
After moving to the Fox Cities in 2002, they learned about Rawhide Youth Services. Imagining their four sons struggling through life like many of Rawhide’s at-risk youth, they followed their hearts and began financially supporting our organization. But they wanted to do more! In 2018, after years of financially supporting Rawhide, Bryan became chairman of our Board of Directors, where he shares his business expertise from his years working as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Oshkosh Corporation.
The Blankfields visit Rawhide’s campus in New London whenever they get a chance, enjoying lunch with the youth who often share their personal journeys with them.
“We were shocked to learn the tragic stories of where these boys come from,” said Bryan. “And knowing the treatment and mentoring with loving staff and offering the teachings of Jesus as an option is what helped transform their lives, is very special to us.”
One young man’s testimonial about the abusive environment he’d come from and how he came to Rawhide for a second chance at life still touches Bryan and Rebecca deeply today.
“I thought, ‘Wow, I am so happy Rawhide was there for this boy, who is now a man with his own family,’” Bryan said, tearing up at the memory. “We know that when one life is changed, all the lives around them are affected.”
Understanding the importance of this ripple effect helped them make the most important decision yet regarding their support for Rawhide. In March 2020, they became members of the #15 League through their will and living trust.
“To know there is a level of support we can give that is greater than our annual donation felt right for us, and we are pleased to have included Rawhide in our estate plan,” said Bryan.
Rebecca agreed, “It was a great way for us to blend our continued support for Rawhide after we’re gone and encourage others to join us.”
The process was very easy and quick. It didn’t take much time and they felt good about following in the footsteps of Bart Starr’s legacy with their own.
“Long term, we want Rawhide to be financially sound and viable so they don’t have to worry about this piece of the mission and can focus on the youth,” said Bryan. “Becoming a #15 League member will have a profound effect on many troubled youth throughout Wisconsin at a time when Rawhide may really need it.”
The #15 League recognizes the generous individuals who have committed to supporting Rawhide through a planned gift from their estate. Planned gifts can be designated through a will or living trust, life insurance policy, retirement account, charitable trust, donor advised fund, or charitable gift annuity.
Often, these meaningful gifts go unrecognized because they come at the end of a donor’s life. The #15 League is our way of acknowledging your commitment to Rawhide’s future – today.
Becoming a member is simple – include Rawhide as a beneficiary of a planned gift and notify us of your intent. We’ll add your name to the #15 League in honor of your dedication to Rawhide’s future.
Lawrence C. Andersen III
Bryan & Rebecca Blankfield
Wayne & Mary Boss
Bob and Pat Endries
Cara Lynn K. Foster
Esther R. Gehrt
Peter and Dolly Gerhardt
Don & Audrey Geyer
Carol M. and Harland Gross
Dr. & Mrs. Richard Hilsabeck
Ray J. & Mary M. Hosmer
Bob & Vonnie Johnson
Dorothy J. Kohlhagen
Donald D. Kubichek
Alan and Lori Loux
Thelma C. Meyer
Richard B. Meyers
John & Patricia Pospisil
Jack & Maida Sawyer
Gary & LuAnn Williams
For information about or to join the #15 League, please contact Macushla Berglund at
(920) 531-2593 or firstname.lastname@example.org