By: Bonnie Rubin, IPHA Treasurer
Recently, my husband, Charley, and I began the process of getting our financial, medical and personal matters in order minimize the “hassle factor” and costs for our children as we age and hopefully reduce the myriad of legal requirements, medical decisions or (to be honest) our “final” arrangements in our future. One of the major steps in this process has been to review our final wills. Upon reviewing mine, I was reminded that I had requested that monetary gifts be left to various organizations that are close to my heart, including the Iowa City Community Band and our church, Zion Lutheran. However, I was more aware of the fact that I had NOT included the Iowa Public Health Association as a gift recipient. Needless to say, I am changing that to assure my will has a monetary gift to the IPHA endowment with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Gifts in wills are an amazing way to continuing your support of the mission of the Iowa Public Health Association into the future. Several years ago, IPHA members Mary Weaver and Dr. Ron Eckoff had the vision to help establishing the IPHA endowment account. Currently, the account balance is $6773.50. With the exception of an annual gift from Dr. and Mrs. Eckoff, funds directed to this account are low. As we continue to develop and enhance our sources of revenue to support our mission, I would like for everyone reading this to consciously make an effort to either contribute to the IPHA endowment in the next few months or (better yet) review your will and include a gift to IPHA from your estate. That’s what I am doing because, of all the organizations and causes I support, IPHA is now on the top of my list.In this phase of financial constraints, it is more important than ever to support organizations who impact the health and well-being of the population. We are part of an enterprise that impacts thousands of lives each day, but no one really notices this until there is a crisis, outbreak or emergency event. Join me in planning for a future far beyond our lives. Let’s help keep IPHA relevant for future generations of Iowans.