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A /U-DB Planned Giving Newsletter W i n t e r 2 018

How Do You Give Back? This year, we’re thinking about what it means to live generously – to live with a clear sense of the abundant good God provides. For some, it means praying daily for the organization and those we serve. Others view it in the light of volunteering – giving their time to support Christian Science youth. Still others live generously by making meaningful planned gifts to Adventure Unlimited through bequests, such as Ed Gondolf (read his story on p. 2). We invite you to join us over the next several months in deeply considering what living generously looks like in your life.

When you make a gift through one of our many planned giving options, you’re supporting Adventure Unlimited’s mission of “Opening Windows to God” for Christian Science youth and their friends each year. You’re also creating a legacy that will continue to bless the world.

What’s Inside • Alumnus makes giving plans a reality • The basics of bequests

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Benefits of Giving...

An investment that’s much more than “payback”

By Ed Gondolf, Summit Society member I always intended to began to feel the presence of Spirit, and offer funding support to developed a better sense of manhood. It broke Adventure Unlimited. It the self-consciousness, albeit unwarranted, of wasn’t, however, until a being somewhat weird or alone in my religion. chat with Rob Blackwell in In recent years, I’ve seen a similar spark the Foundation that I made in others, especially young people in the this intention DiscoveryBound National Leadership happen. Council (DB NLC). I was a member of Ed Gondolf I’ve been involved in a Rather than a few different churches that had only number of nonprofits, some vague amount earmarked in one or two Sunday School students. and organizationally, my will, I designated a substantial Adventure Unlimited While the Sunday School provided portion of my IRA to go to stands out among helpful teaching and encouragement, Adventure Unlimited. Maybe that’s them all. it was clear that the students would an obvious step in our generosity Ed, benefit from support and discussions Donor and sharing, but doing so can easily with more of their peers. The two slip by (as I found). teens I knew thrived in NLC, and are The impetus for these lingering intentions was now excelling as students and leaders in college. initially my stint as a camp counselor at the Adventure Unlimited warrants our support and A/U Ranches during my college years and later appreciation, both spiritually and financially, to as a program director. Arriving there from my keep such things happening in the future. I’ve home and college back east, I was first struck been involved in a number of nonprofits over by the majesty and expanse of the mountains. the years, and can say that, organizationally, They seemed to call out a message of a power Adventure Unlimited stands out among them all. so much greater and grander than I imagined. It I’m convinced that an investment in it is so much supplemented the narrow focus of academia and more than “payback”; it’s also a sure way to bless grind of college sports. But more importantly, our youth, ourselves and our churches. I became more grounded in Christian Science,

What is the Summit Society? The Summit Society was established to honor those who have taken the special step of including Adventure Unlimited in their long-term plans through a bequest provision, retirement plan assets, life insurance policy, life-income gift or other deferred giving arrangement.

Adventure Unlimited’s purpose is to provide recreational adventure, leadership, service, education and community activities that foster spiritual growth and healing in an environment where Christian Science is lived.


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The Basics of Bequests

How to make an impact through your estate plans Including Adventure Unlimited in your estate plans has long-term beneficial effects on our ability to serve Christian Science youth and adults, as well as their families and friends. It allows us to continue our mission of “Opening Windows to God” in a number of ways. Here are just a few:

• Provide camperships and scholarships for those needing financial assistance to participate at the A/U Ranches or in DiscoveryBound programs

• Help maintain a safe, high-quality environment at the A/U Ranches facilities • Retain and hire top-notch staff for providing the best experiences possible for our participants If you’re considering making a bequest, here are some basics to help your planning. Making a bequest: Bequests can come from your will or trust, retirement plans, life insurance or even bank/investment accounts. Funding a bequest: Bequests can be a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate, and in various forms, such as cash, securities and property. Directing a bequest: Options include general support for Adventure Unlimited’s Annual Fund (annual operating needs), endowment funds, specific programs such as the DiscoveryBound National Leadership Council or A/U Ranches camperships, and so on. For sample bequest wording or to learn more about making a bequest to Adventure Unlimited, contact Rob Blackwell, A/U-DB Foundation President, at or 888.416.7348 x104.

We’d Like to Thank You for Supporting Our Life-Changing Programs Have you already included Adventure Unlimited in your estate plans? Please let us know! When you become a member of the Summit Society, you’ll receive a CD gift of Madelon Maupin’s Bible Roads series on Matthew as our thank you for your significant and special gift. To inform us of your plans, please contact Rob Blackwell, A/U-DB Foundation President, at 888.416.7348 x104 or

Adventure Unlimited – DiscoveryBound Foundation is the fundraising arm of Adventure Unlimited, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


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Our Programs Thrive with Your Support

YOUR LEGACY. OUR FUTURE. To learn how you can include Adventure Unlimited in your estate planning, contact Rob Blackwell at 888.416.7348 x104 or

Planned Giving Newsletter - Winter 2018  
Planned Giving Newsletter - Winter 2018