3 powerful planned giving quotes from famous and not-so-famous people

planned giving quotes“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
– Martin Luther [German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation]
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.”
– D. Elton Trueblood [Former chaplain to both Harvard and Stanford Universities]
“I resolved to stop accumulating and begin the infinitely more serious task of wise distribution.”
– Andrew Carnegie [American industrialist who led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century]

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8 years ago

Hi Greg – Thanks for quoting Dr. TRUEBLOOD. Perhaps it was destiny that I ended up in higher ed fundraising after all! A truly inspiring figure whose legacy my kids carry on.

8 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Inspiring indeed.

Joshua Karlin
8 years ago

One day, he was walking down the road when he saw a man planting a carob tree.
Honi said to the man, “How many years will this tree need to produce fruit ?”
The man answered, “Seventy years”.
Honi said, “Is it so clear to you that you will live seventy years?
The man answered, “I found carob trees in the world. Just like my ancestors
planted for me, I plant for my children”.
Talmud Bavli, Masekhet Ta’anit 23a

8 years ago
Reply to  Joshua Karlin

Love that Joshua. Thank you!

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