Giving on Autopilot

Vincent started monthly gifts through his credit card to the African American Community Fund to honor the legacy of his father, Willie B. Washington, a Deacon in his church for over 30 years and an amateur historian.

Whether it is something that you pay monthly, quarterly, or annually, memberships or subscriptions have proliferated our lives. There is an ease in knowing that you can “set and forget” these payments. Did you know the same could be done with your charitable giving?  Recurring giving can be a great way to connect you to your causes that matter on a consistent meaningful basis.

Vincent Washington lives in the Houston Texas area but grew up in the Wilkes Villa community of Elyria. Before retiring from the Army, he contemplated how he could best give back to his hometown community. A few years later, while participating in a virtual event with the African American Community Fund, he was inspired by the legacy created by endowments at the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Vincent started monthly gifts through his credit card to the African American Community Fund to honor the legacy of his father, Willie B. Washington, a Deacon in his church for over 30 years and an amateur historian. He also began monthly gifts to The Hispanic Fund to honor the legacy of his wife’s mother and father, Matilda and Juan Flecha.

A short time later, Vincent initiated additional monthly contributions to support the Andrew and Phyllis W. Allen Memorial Fund for Nursing and the Lorain Community Music Theater Fund. These gifts were to honor his grandparents, Loretha Randleman-Williams-Moman, a nurse, and Frank S. Williams (AKA) the Count, the oldest known person to graduate from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music when he was 64 years old.

After about a year, Vincent decided to convert these monthly credit card gifts to direct transfers from his bank account. This removed the credit card fees that were being charged to each of his donations on a monthly basis.

Vincent believes in the power of endowment and that these monthly contributions enhance the legacy of these funds while honoring those close to him. These gifts have become his monthly remembrance of those who are important and contributed to his success in life. The collective effort of these gifts to the community will continue to be significant even though the contribution he makes as an individual can be small.

Never forget to give again to the causes that matter most to you. To learn more about how you can make a recurring, growing impact in our community, contact Laura Malone, Development Officer at 440.984.7390.