DONORS MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
THE REEDER FAMILY FUND
Bob Reeder wasn't born a philanthropist. In fact, he spent most of his adult life
much like the rest of us - working and raising a family.
Bob says that when it came to philanthropy, the donations he and his wife gave were to support their church, the Salvation Army, and the United Way Campaign through his work.
The idea of giving back to the community and being a philanthropist was not top-of-mind.
"I thought philanthropy was for rich people," he says.
And then a few years ago, Bob learned about the Renton Community Foundation. The idea of a donor advised fund really appealed to him because he could select the organizations to support and those organizations would be vetted by the Foundation to ensure the money would be spent wisely.
"I wanted some measure of integrity to my giving," he told me.
Bob created the Reeder Family Fund in 2015 to benefit arts and education for people of all ages. He's particularly interested in helping small community arts groups and teachers within the school district who might have a great project in mind but no way to fund it.
"My oldest son plays the trombone in the Washington Wind Symphony. They're a nonprofit organization that occasionally has to ask their own members for money to support their operations," Bob says.
As he watched his son's group struggle, Bob began to consider how he could not only impact a small arts organization like that, but get his kids involved in the process as well.
"A $1,000 gift to a group like that is huge," he said. "So, I told my kids that this is our family fund, and we're going to do this together. I want them to learn about community giving at a much younger age than I did and to instill a sense of philanthropy in the next generation."
The Renton Community Foundation is looking forward to working with Bob and his family as they explore the many meaningful ways to make a difference.