Howard B. and Linnea A. Green Charitable Endowment
When one thinks of words to describe Howard and Linnea Green, several come to mind…perhaps Soccer, Teacher, Iowa, Elanco, and Cows? Well, yes, but how about Faithful, Generous, Selfless, and Kind? Definitely! These are the words that best describe the couple that established a charitable endowment fund at HCCF in 2011. Since that time, they have been intentional in growing it and as a result saw the fund make its first grants this year.
What motivated the Green’s? “Basically, it comes down to the fact that we are very grateful for what we have been able to do through our involvement in church, work and the community. We want to give back with our time, talent and treasure. Okay, so I don’t have so much talent”, laughed Howard.
When Howard’s father and Linnea’s mother passed away within a year of each other, it allowed for them to reflect on their parents’ lives and the examples they had set. They each received estate gifts, giving them the opportunity to consider how they might further causes for which they are passionate, while honoring their parents’ memories. Howard and Linnea established a designated fund to support four organizations perpetually.
Today, Howard and Linnea are seeing their fund at work. Although the Green’s established an endowment fund during their lifetime, they have included the Howard B. and Linnea A. Green Charitable Endowment as a beneficiary of their living revocable trust. “We chose HCCF because of the goals of organization, the low fees associated with maintaining and growing the fund assets, and because we know they will invest our funds responsibly,” shared Howard. “I hope we will be as good of an example to our kids as our parents were to us. Community is important and the Hancock County Community Foundation is a great place to start.”