Leaving Community a Better Place Than Found


A portrait of Dr. Richard Nau with a floor plan of the Longview Hospice Care Center remodel project

In my experience, ambitious projects become a reality because a few extraordinary people catch a vision and take action to make it happen. And while it will take many people catching the vision to make the $4.2 million Longview Hospice Care Center remodel project a reality, I’d like to take a moment to introduce one of the most extraordinary among them: Dr. Richard Nau, who has pledged a generous $1 million to the campaign.

Ever since he was a teenager, Dr. Nau has lived by The Golden Rule’s philosophy of treating others the way one wants to be treated. His life’s mission was inspired by the realization that nearly every major religion, including his Methodist upbringing, coveted some form of this rule, and it’s left a trail of charitable deeds in his wake.

“I would like to be remembered for leaving the world a little better place than I found it,” he reminisces, “and this is one way of doing it.”

Communities from Pennsylvania to Texas, all the way to our Longview neighborhood have been fortunate enough to experience his gracious heart, and now the Longview Care Center remodel will receive the very same honor.

Dr. Nau’s pledge is not for any self-interest. In fact, he’s expressed his goal to stay well enough to never need the facility in the future. Instead, it’s his pride in what old friend and Community founder Lorraine Berndt had started and what the team she built has continued that has caught his vision and inspired him to take action.

Consider another extraordinary person: a retired Community nurse who held many leadership positions over her 24-year career. After retirement, she listed Community as a beneficiary of her estate, saying “Leaving Community in my will is a wonderful opportunity to help hospice help others. You don’t need to have a lot of money to leave some to hospice.”

She and Dr. Nau are ensuring our neighborhood is cared for well into the future long after their journeys have ended. Their contributions will help hospice patients and their families receive modernized care in a facility remodeled with state-of-the-art technology and at least 46% more space so they can have peace of mind and are able to focus on the moments that matter.

In yet another example of extraordinary people, a retired Longview couple who for years have used their IRAs to maximizing tax savings by donating their required minimum distribution (RMD) directly from their financial institution to Community.

IRAs and bequests are but two examples of the ways that planned gifts can support Community’s mission. Other examples include gifts of matured stock, life insurance, donor advised funds, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts in addition to traditional cash gifts.

Anyone can leave a lifetime gift, and you need not be wealthy to do so. Give me a call today to discuss options and avenues as we work together to ensure Community, and the Longview Hospice Care Center, continue our great work well into the future!

With gratitude,

Cathy Sandoval
Outreach Director

P.S. By remembering Community in your will, you automatically become a member of the Community Legacy Society (CLS)!

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