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Why it feels so good to have a plan

Ask Suzanne Hermreck why she made a plan to include Solar Cookers International in her estate plan and she will tell you, “I love the mission. Solar cooking is brilliant. It makes sense.”

Including SCI in her will makes Suzanne extraordinary to SCI, but she lives a very ordinary life in a small house in a quiet neighborhood with her dog, Kima. Working fulltime for the state, Suzanne also recently completed her degree in clinical psychology out of a deep desire to help at-risk youth.

She’s an avid reader, crochets, quilts, and has volunteered as a docent for an art museum. Her goal is to live gracefully, and she believes in “living simply so that others can simply live.” Yes, she also loves epigrams.

Her desire to give back deepened after traveling to Mexico where she saw what people endured without sufficient resources, particularly in schools.

Suzanne first heard about solar cooking at her university and understood the immediate benefit for women and children, so she volunteered for a speaker’s group until she graduated. Later when she learned about Solar Cookers International’s help for refugees, particularly in Darfur at the time, she wanted to be part of the program by giving.

“Solar cooking offers safety and a better use of resources,” she said. “And water is a big issue. Solar cookers can heat water to safe temperatures, and water doesn’t have to boil to kill harmful bacteria.”

Suzanne wants to give back because, “all things are connected. And I am truly blessed.”
Feeling blessed leads Suzanne, and her parents, to donate and volunteer for a wide variety of charities, but “Most charities don’t have fun events like the Solar Cooker Cook Off. It was amazing to see all the types of cookers available, talk with people who are using and improving the tools of the mission, and the variety of foods that people can crate with solar; and you get to taste it too!”

“It feels so good to have a plan and to know that others will benefit,” Suzanne said. “If everyone included even a small percentage of their estate, we could change the world.”

Share your decision with Solar Cookers International, or request more information on ensuring a future that includes solar cooking.

Planning Your Gift Can be Simple

The simplest way to leave a legacy is by adding, or changing, a beneficiary on a retirement fund or life insurance policy. You may also choose to add Solar Cookers International to a will or estate plan with help from your financial adviser. Sample language is included below.

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Solar Cookers International, a nonprofit corporation located in Sacramento, California, ___ percent of my estate (or the sum of $_____, or the property described herein) for its general purposes."

You may be able to enjoy tax benefits while receiving an annual rate of return. If you are interested in options such as charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, or charitable lead trusts, Solar Cookers International would be glad to put you in touch with an adviser at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, managers of Solar Cookers International’s Endowment Fund.

All of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, have the ability to leave a legacy for future generations. All gifts are important and will help your passion for solar cooking continue far into the future.

This information is not intended as financial or legal advice. Please consult your own qualified advisers as you consider philanthropic gifts.

Our Donors, Our Heroes

Gifts of any size to Solar Cookers International save and change lives.

Improving human health, quality of life, and the environment is what drives SCI.  We offer a variety of giving opportunities to help you achieve your charitable humanitarian and environmental goals. Tell your children about your plans and how your gift to SCI is one way you are choosing to make a difference in the world.