One of the most beautiful aspects of philanthropic decision-making is that it often looks forward and back at the same time. Donors seek to improve the future of their beneficiaries with donations, and often they do so in honor of someone from their past, such as a family member, loved one, or someone who positively affected their lives. Thanks to their past, they empower the future of causes they believe in. The NCSML has some new opportunities to do just that.

Later this month, the annual Summer Dedication Drive will launch. You may want to honor a loved one who was a gardener by associating that person’s name on one of two raised garden beds that will be available, for example. Pavers at our Heritage Garden, dedication on our Wall of Tribute, and other options will be available as meaningful ways to honor others. I am reminded of the time when I purchased a paver to honor my sons at a university years ago. When I sent them a photograph of the paver, they said, “We’ll be there forever, won’t we? Thanks, Dad!” Looking to the future and the past put joy in our hearts.

Planned Giving

Members of NCSML’s Legacy Society soon will be honored at the annual brunch where we have a chance to thank those who have made NCSML a beneficiary in their estate plans. Planned giving may be the most profound way of looking forward and back at the same time. If you’ve considered a planned gift to the NCSML, or have questions about the process, please get in touch. We would love to include you in the event on June 10.

You can learn more at this site, and feel free to contact me with any questions at or 832-877-8821.

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