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CAROL SEYMOUR MEMORIAL FUND:
Endowment Funds Help Donor Perpetuate Wife’s Legacy, Share Family History
The desire to give back to the community frequently is found among those who feel their community has done well by them. But how do you ensure that your gift is put to good use and leaves a lasting legacy for yourself and your loved ones?
This was a concern for Allen Seymour, a resident of Dayton since he and his wife, Carole, moved here in 1978 from their native California.
Carole Seymour was 39 years old when she spent 15 months in the hospital recovering from a devastating accident. She lost the use of both legs and partial use of her left hand and arm. Despite her difficulties, she always was interested in doing what she could to help others, said Allen Seymour. Her desire to help others became the impetus for him to establish a charitable fund in her name after she passed away.
After reading a Dayton Foundation brochure in his accountant’s office, he decided to establish the Carole Seymour Memorial Fund in 2007, a donor-advised fund through the Foundation, to perpetuate her legacy of giving.
“It struck me that this would be a way in which my charitable funds could be protected and do the most good,” he said. “The Dayton Foundation gives you a choice as to how you want your charitable funds invested, and grants are approved by a committee. There is a great sense of comfort in having someone else administer our funds in perpetuity.”
The first project funded through the Carole Seymour Memorial Fund was "Carole's Café" at Hospice of Dayton, where Carole spent her final days.
“Before ‘Carole's Café,’ the only food available for families with a loved one at Hospice was from vending machines,” Allen Seymour said. “I’m happy that Hospice of Dayton now is serving good, wholesome food to families and staff, thanks to our fund. I think Carole would be proud to know that this fund is continuing her legacy of helping others.”
Allen Seymour also established the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art & Essay Fund through The Dayton Foundation to help provide prizes for this long-running competition administered by the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center. Through the competition, Dayton-area students create works of art focused on the theme of opposing prejudice, racism and bullying.
“Being of the Jewish faith, I believe in the importance of bringing the Holocaust to mind, and to keep it in remembrance,” Allen Seymour said. “Providing funds to help perpetuate this program was very important to me.”
According to Renate Frydman, director of the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, the competition was created in honor of her grandfather, who fled Europe with his family just before the Holocaust. As she explained, Allen Seymour became interested in this event, "because of my family history. He’s been very supportive of this and the work that I do. He’s a very good person who, when he sees a need, tries to help."
Allen Seymour found The Dayton Foundation to be a good choice in establishing his and his wife’s endowment funds.
"They're very professional, extremely understanding and easy to work with," he said. "They help in your overall decision-making, ensuring that your funds work to the overall good of the community. I'm happy that these funds will continue both my legacy and my wife’s legacy long into the future."
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IN HIS WORDS
“Towards the end of Cindy’s life, she asked me, ‘After I’m gone, what will there be to say that I was here?’ Establishing this fund was her way to continue reaching out and touching children’s lives, as she did throughout her lifetime.” – John Edgar, donor, on the Remar Family and John and Cindy Edgar Endowment Fund