Inspiring Others to Give: Peggy and Terry Dunn
"When you see people you know and respect in the community coming aboard and leaving philanthropic dollars to those organizations, others are encouraged to do so also." - Peggy Dunn
Children's Mercy have benefited from the philanthropic spirit of Kansas City's Dunn family for generations. As longtime hospital activists and supporters, Peggy and Terry Dunn have continued this family tradition. Peggy is a member of the Children's Mercy Governing Board and is mayor of Leawood. Terry is president and CEO of J.E. Dunn Construction. Both find motivation in improving the quality of life in their community.
Terry explained, "Certainly having a quality children's hospital that's delivering care, while at the same time helping people who cannot afford quality health care, is an inherently important component of this community. Both of us feel very strongly about giving back to these worthy causes."
This desire to help improve the quality of life in their community has led the Dunns to include Children's Mercy in their charitable estate plan. "I think it's important for a person to ask the questions ‘What is important in life?' and ‘How can we make a difference?' " said Terry. "Many people do not take the time to properly plan their future. [Making a deferred gift] is an opportunity for people to step back and look at the essence of their life, why they are here and what they have done."
One of the important aspects of the Dunn's deferred gift is that they notified Children's Mercy of their plans. "I think it's very important to know there is a relationship there," said Terry. "It's important that the person who is the giver and the person who is the receiver understand their relationship, understand the level of commitment and continue the relationship moving forward. Plus, it's a tremendous asset for the hospital to have these expectancies. It really helps Children's Mercy understand and anticipate what is expected to be contributed."
Peggy agreed that informing Children's Mercy of deferred plans and allowing acknowledgement of the gift has a positive effect. Peggy cited as an example the recent gift made by Graham Hunt in honor of his wife, Judy. "Certainly, I think the Hunt gift being recognized is going to inspire others to want to give as well."
Above all, Peggy and Terry Dunn remain appreciative of being able to make a deferred gift to Children's Mercy. "We believe," said Terry, "that it is a tremendous asset to the youth of our region and very deserving of our personal commitment. We are quite confident of their continued success."