Bill and Jean Schulz receive “Leave a Legacy” award

A Thiensville couple was recently recognized for their exceptional generosity toward charitable causes.

Bill and Jean Schulz were the recipients of the “Leave a Legacy” award, an honor bestowed upon them by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Milwaukee Chapter.

The “Leave a Legacy” award is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate commitment to the Greater Milwaukee area through planned charitable giving. The recipient of the Schulz family’s generosity is Luther Manor, a non-profit senior living community based in Wauwatosa.

Bill and Jean Schulz first became active at Luther Manor through their church, Advent Lutheran in Cedarburg, where they are 25-year members.

“Advent Lutheran Church has provided a spiritual stimulus to our volunteering and the sharing of our resources,” Bill Schulz said. “Advent has been very encouraging of our service to Luther Manor.”

Bill and Jean Schulz decided to support Luther Manor with planned gifts in 2002, designating Luther Manor as a 50 percent beneficiary of their Charitable Remainder Trust and the sole beneficiary of their Charitable Gift Annuity, the Schulz Family Fund. Each November, the Schulz family makes an annual gift to Luther Manor’s Adult Day Center in Grafton. The Adult Day Center provides older adults with services that promote health, independent living, social confidence and personal growth, as well as assistance with daily activities.

Bill and Jean Schulz are also generous with their time. Bill Schulz serves on the board of directors for both the United Lutheran Program for the Aging and Luther Manor Foundation. He is also the current secretary for the Luther Manor Foundation, which provides long-term financial support for Luther Manor and its residents. Jean Schulz serves as a public liaison for Friends of Luther Manor, an all-volunteer fundraising group.

“Bill and Jean have spent the past 20 years dedicating an amazing amount of time and resources to Luther Manor, its residents and staff members,” said Jane Olisar, Luther Manor Director of Resource Development. “The results have been amazing.”

The award was presented Nov. 15 during the 33rd annual National Philanthropy Day celebration hosted by the AFP.

“Our greatest thanks go to God who has blessed us with a wonderful family and given us an abundance that we’ve been able to share,” Bill Schulz said at the ceremony. “We need no more recognition than that.”

An accredited senior living community, Luther Manor has been caring and advocating for seniors for more than 50 years. In addition to apartment homes, assisted living and long-term care options, Luther Manor offers rehabilitation, adult day and supportive services, hospice care and community outreach programs.

© 2017 Greater Milwaukee Synod

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