Last year, David Lawless went to his bank and asked for advice about where to leave his money. To help them narrow the list, Lawless, who is blind in one eye, told the banker that he has always looked for opportunities to support the blind and shared that he has a lifelong love of dogs. Using those two criteria as a guideline, the search narrowed the results to a short list that included Guide Dogs of America.
Now, Lawless is a GDA Partner in Trust and has left his estate to the school.
As for why he chose GDA: “First of all, it’s a smaller organization and I liked that. It felt more personal than other organizations I had contacted,” Lawless said. “Everything about my interaction with the school, from the very first call, was easy and the people all were very pleasant to work with.”
Something that always gets the attention of prospective and new donors is the percentage of every dollar that goes directly to the program. Something on which GDA prides itself.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how far my money would go in helping to support the program,” Lawless said. “GDA is a good steward of the donations it receives.”
Lawless said his decision to leave his estate to GDA was an easy one.
“It’s my belief that it helps when you have a personal connection to an organization,” Lawless said. “Adding the pieces together was like putting together a puzzle. The organization, the community that they serve, and the dogs they raise and train are all close to my heart. It all fits, like a puzzle.”
Guide Dogs of America is privileged to benefit from the generosity of caring individuals like Lawless. Gifts to our endowment will continue to support our mission to place extraordinary guide dogs with the visually impaired to enhance their lives. If you would like information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at (818) 833-6432.