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A Family Tradition of Giving
By The Community Foundation / June 1, 2016
A Family Tradition of Giving

A Family Tradition of Giving

Lee and Janet Showalter are naturally inclined to give back through service and philanthropy, which is evident in their daughters’ childhood memories. Cynthia, Sarah and Jennifer fondly recall visiting nursing home residents, preparing hot meals for sick neighbors and the thrill of receiving their own offertory envelopes at church. “Our parents raised us in an environment of giving,” says Jennifer. “They wanted us to develop an awareness that not everyone has the luxury of a warm meal or a safe place to stay.”

In 1996, A family friend introduced Lee and Janet to The Community Foundation, which led to the creation of the Showalter Family Fund. Over time, their children and grandchildren have become engaged as well, offering fresh perspective and enthusiasm around the family’s philanthropy. “I learn more about my grandchildren by talking to them about organizations they want to support,” said Janet. Recently, Lee and Janet created three new funds to empower each branch of the family to give back in their own way.

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