Legacy is the ongoing joy of giving. It’s imagining and realizing possibilities … forever. Harold Crawford is remembered as being someone with a “can do” attitude, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. He had good ideas and was ready to try new things. He always felt that as a business owner in the community that he needed to give back through many of the charitable organizations.
Harold worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber for 23 years, and as part of the corporate culture, the Crawfords moved around a lot. In 1964, they moved to Abilene where they soon called home. Prior to living in Abilene, Harold had been reluctant to get involved in civic affairs because he knew he would be leaving soon, but he knew that he wanted to make a difference in the community he established roots in. And, that he did. During his lifetime, Harold was well known for his many civic and business contributions. He served on many nonprofit boards in Abilene, including the Community Foundation of Abilene, and was a true advocate for each one. During his term as a Foundation trustee he discovered that retirement plans were tax cursed and that his children would not benefit from the full value. But if given to a nonprofit, the agency would benefit and receive full value. Former trustees remember that he shared this information with many, encouraging them to make similar gifts to the Foundation and designate them to their favorite charity.
In 1986 the Pat and Harold Crawford Endowment Fund designated for YWCA, now known as the Alliance for Women and Children, was established at the Community Foundation of Abilene. Their gift of two life insurance policies to the Community Foundation of Abilene were added to their fund. The Alliance for Women and Children provides essential after school care services for children in Abilene. Their services provide children a safe haven during the formative years of their lives. The legacy of Pat and Harold Crawford will live on in every person assisted through their generosity.