Did you know that as an artist you can begin planning your legacy at any point in time? It is never too soon or too late to plan how you want to be remembered. Think about your legacy and what your contributions may mean to the field you loved all your life. Board Member and Artist, Dominique Bereiter, shares with SNAG why she chose to support her favorite jewelry organization as a part of her legacy giving:
Art appreciation has always been central to my life. But it is only over the last five years, when I was spending full time in my studio creating jewelry, that I began to realize my need for a constant, supportive community of makers.
I joined SNAG in 2010 and that membership opened up a new world of community and possibilities to me. I have been lucky and privileged to serve as the Minneapolis conference co-chair. It was a huge task, but a very rewarding one. I met many wonderful people, jewelers, blacksmiths, and other metalsmith artists willing to share their love of making, and the diverse techniques they use. I enjoy listening to their stories, their ways of making a living as an artist. Over time, the SNAG community became a large part of my life, and I cannot overstate how important the organization has become to me.
Many artists pursue their dream of being a working metalsmith, but that is not easy to accomplish financially. Cognizant of this fact, SNAG has a long history of helping creatives through sharing important business related information, as well as providing financial assistance through scholarships. In order to support the field in this manner, SNAG needs to continually raise funds. I have been a benefactor of SNAG programming in the past and witnessed first-hand what an impact the organization creates. Because the organization’s educational and philanthropic mission is so very close to my heart, I have started to think of ways to actively support SNAG’s important mission myself.
Looking at my own life, the paths I have taken, the legacy of work and information I will be able to share and leave to those that come after me, giving back to SNAG in the form of a bequest was an easy and comfortable decision for me My bequest enables me to leave a permanent mark in the jewelry world, one that is meaningful to me and makes a difference in the lives of fellow makers that will come after me. I cannot think of a better way to support the future of metalsmithing than by donating to the one organization that has helped me constantly during all my active years. SNAG will be a beneficiary in my will.
Please join me and consider SNAG for a bequest. If you have questions around how to set this up and would like to reach out, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith via email@example.com.
With my best wishes,
SNAG, Board of Directors
The most recent National Committee on Planned Giving survey offers some insight into why people make charitable bequests:
97 percent say they care about the charity
82 percent want to do something special
35 percent use planned giving as an income or estate tax planning strategy
21 percent say they know someone at the organization
Only 20% of Americans make a planned gift! By making a planned gift you can help out an important organization in YOUR community (like SNAG.) Do you want to start creating your legacy today? Check out www.leavealegacy.org to have some of your questions answered. Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith if you’d like to make your legacy a part of the SNAG history.