Start A Revolution in Giving
You’ve probably seen John Trumbull’s famous painting Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, but did you know his art was part of one of the earliest and most creative charitable giving arrangements in history?
The year was 1831 and painter John Trumbull found himself falling on hard times. Despite having been commissioned to create four large works for the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. he was living widowed and penniless, surrounded by nearly 100 paintings in his otherwise lonely apartment near New Haven, Connecticut.
When asked by a friend what he intended to do with the works, he decided to donate them to Yale. His donation funded the first museum on any campus in the United States—the Trumbull Gallery—and the rest is as they say, history. Have you thought about how a little creative giving from your will could impact lives for years to come?
Many people understand the benefits that having an up-to-date will or estate plan can have for taking care of loved ones, but don’t realize how even a small gift left in their will to a nonprofit organization can impact lives. In addition to providing financially for heirs and supporting eternal work, there are many benefits associated with having an up-to-date will including:
- Deciding how your estate will be distributed
- Choosing who will take care of your minor children
- Loved ones not being burdened with a lengthy or stressful probate process
- Estate taxes minimized
One of the most remarkable things about John Trumbull isn’t that he earned the title of “The Painter of the Revolution,” or even that he served as General George Washington’s personal aid, it’s that he did it all with the use of only one eye.
Art critics believe this lifelong effect from a childhood injury is ultimately what influenced his detailed painting style. Today, millions of people continue to walk in Trumbull’s shoes, creatively impacting lives through charitable giving—even after their lifetime. A gift in your will to Memphis Union Mission can leave a beautiful legacy people will appreciate for years to come.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25