“As parents, we were frustrated that children today are inundated with all kinds of messages about being consumers – to want for themselves rather than give of themselves,” said Cathie Coleman.
That’s what David and Cathie Galbraith Coleman remember thinking for their two boys when it came time for Christmas shopping last year. “Putting a cell phone in their pocket and the ‘right’ shoes on their feet will never provide long-term happiness,” Cathie said. As a mom and a financial planner, Cathie is familiar with teaching how to be financially fit. “We teach our boys to make prudent decisions, save a portion, invest it, and grow it for a future goal. We want to teach them to be financially wise and to make good stewards in the community, and to give to make the world a better place.”
The Colemans knew at an early age their son Drake had a giving heart, so it was no surprise when he began noticing that other kids in his class needed things, and he wanted to help. He was a little boy with a big dream.
With the holiday season approaching, the Colemans realized the best gift they could give Drake would be one that would help fulfill his desire to help other people. Since both David and Cathie have been active in Community Foundation of Abilene’s Future Fund, turning to CFA was a natural step. “We knew we wanted something Drake could be involved in, have ideas about, and be able to make decisions around,” Cathie said. “A Donor Advised Fund was the perfect choice for Drake, and something he could share with his brother Sam.”
On Christmas morning, Drake was given a very special gift – one that he will have for a lifetime. Not only does the Coleman Fund bring a smile to his face, but also the faces of those who will benefit from his grants. “The gift of knowledge is the best gift we can give our children,” David said, “we want our children to be aware of what is going on in our community … and how they can help.”
“We want our children to be aware of what is going on in our community … and how they can help others.”
– David Coleman