We're Devoted to Children
A devotion to children is one of the driving forces behind Bill and Katie Nixon's philanthropic giving. That devotion extends well beyond the classroom and into the expert care and services provided by Connecticut Children's Medical Center.
"We're devoted to children, both in the realm of education and in supporting Connecticut Children's," said Katie, a former teacher, independent consultant and director of Admissions at Renbrook School in West Hartford. Today, Katie works as Admissions Associate at Loomis Chaffee School while Bill, who taught science for almost 40 years, including 25 years at Renbrook, recently retired.
The Bloomfield couple, who have often led educational conferences and workshops together throughout the years, will continue to impact the lives of children as part of Connecticut Children's Legacy Society, an organization whose members have included the Medical Center in their estate plans.
"Planned giving is a great way to know now what contributions will be made on our behalf in the future," Bill said. "It also ensures that our philanthropic dollars won't be diminished by estate taxes and because we have had the time to think carefully about this, our gift will be deliberate and reflect our commitment to Connecticut Children's."
Long before the hospital opened in 1996, the Nixons were introduced to Connecticut Children's through a friend who had invited them to a reception at her home.
"The invitation was intriguing, as we had no idea a children's hospital was planned," Katie said. "We went and had such good discussions with the guests attending, we decided to get involved. I have been involved ever since-first on the Foundation Board and now on the Corporate Board."
Being involved, the Nixons say, has allowed them to stay connected to other parents and to show gratitude for their own child-daughter Frances-who began her own teaching career in Westport, Connecticut, this fall.
A "booster shot" of support
"As parents, we felt so moved hearing stories of parents who were enduring serious health issues with their child," Katie said. "Although our daughter was healthy, we were also aware as she was growing up that, at any moment, life can change and we could be dealing with illness or injury.
"Each and every time I am at the hospital and hear stories about the care that children receive there, I am reinvigorated and excited to be a part of it," Katie said. "Hearing the stories is like giving a 'booster shot' to our original motivation for regular and planned giving to the hospital. Added to that, as a Board member working with the management team, I have seen how beautifully this hospital is run."
Connecticut Children's benefits from planned gifts, as they help support important endowment and capital projects and allow the Medical Center to develop new programs and services in children's healthcare. Bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder or lead trusts are among the many planned giving options available.
"We are very excited about the future of this institution," Bill said.