Planned Giving Leads Young Donor to Take Care of Family, FFA
Corey Rosenbusch doesn’t fit the demographic of the typical FFA planned-gift donor. He’s young, has young children and without much accumulated wealth. But the organization’s former national president has made a planned gift.
“Being part of the Individual Giving Council of FFA got me thinking about estate planning,” said Rosenbusch, vice president of the Global Cold Chain Alliance, a group of trade associations for companies transporting and storing refrigerated food. “My wife and I travel a lot for work and I wanted to make sure we provided for our children if something should happen to us. I discovered a planned gift can be something as simple as a percentage of my life insurance policy.
“For someone my age, looking into planned giving can educate you immensely on personal finance and ways to take care of your family and FFA.”
The son of an agriculture science teacher and FFA advisor in Texas, Rosenbusch grew up participating in livestock showings and going to FFA conventions. As state president for Texas, he traveled across the state, spoke to school assemblies and visited up to four chapters a day. A few months after his state term ended, he was elected national president.
“Being national president really shaped who I am,” said Rosenbusch, a graduate of Texas A&M and Harvard. “Leadership skills are such a big part of the FFA program. I learned how to relate to people, think analytically and operate in a time-efficient manner. I like to say that FFA teaches you to be an entrepreneur in your own career.”
Rosenbusch lives in Washington, D.C., where he helped launch the first FFA alumni group in a city without an active FFA chapter. He says that FFA alumni his age should consider giving back because the skills they learned in the organization have made them a success on the job and at home.
“Consider a planned gift,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be measured by its size but by the recognition of the value of the organization that gave so much to you.”
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