A keepsake, according to Webster, is “anything kept, or given to be kept, as a token of friendship or affection; remembrance.”

Perhaps you have something from your parents or grandparents that you consider a keepsake. Seeing or handling it stirs fond memories. A bride may keep her wedding dress as a remembrance of her special day, and even pass it down to her daughter. An athlete may keep a uniform as a remembrance of the glory days of victory.

We all cherish keepsakes.

Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation has keepsakes as well. Remember Webster’s phrase “anything … given to be kept, as a token of friendship.” This applies perfectly to our gifted endowments, which have been “given to be kept” in perpetuity as a “token of friendship” and support of our ultimate mission of saving babies and their moms.

The principal of an endowment fund is held in a permanent pool of invested funds with only the net earnings used to meet the purposes described in the endowment agreement. The balance is reinvested so the amount available to spend in future years will keep pace with inflation.

Every year, endowments gifted to ORTLEF remind us of the friendship and loyalty of the donors who provided them. Ultimately, babies are saved through these endowments. Endowments can be created with cash, real estate or other assets. They may be funded during life, at death, or by a combination of the two.

At Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation, we have some wonderful keepsakes. Would you like to create one as a token of your friendship and support of the mission of educating and saving babies? Please call Gayle, our director, at 503-463-8563, for more information. Thanks again for your prayers and financial support of ORTLEF’s lifesaving mission.


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