Goodman Community Center | Love & Legacy Campaign
We will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 24-25, including fitness center, events and all programming. Our food pantry will be closed this week, Nov. 22-24.

How do you want to leave the world? A little brighter? Us too.

You're a friend of the Goodman Center, so we know you believe in strengthening the lives and securing the futures of EVERYONE in our community. Join us on this journey, as we commit to doing just that today, tomorrow and beyond.

Community Chat with Letesha Nelson: Women Leading the Way

Our third Love and Legacy event will be a community chat with Goodman CEO Letesha Nelson and 5 women leading non-profits around the Madison area. Follow the link to register and learn more.

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70 Gifts for 70 Years

Love & Legacy

In 2024, the Goodman Community Center will mark our 70th anniversary of strengthening lives and securing futures.

To celebrate this major milestone, we're excited to launch our Love & Legacy Campaign to strengthen and secure the future of GCC, with the goal of inspiring and documenting 70 planned gifts by 2024 — just in time for our 70th birthday.

And there's more...

We also want to help you secure your legacy as you envision the future you want for your family and community.

In the months leading up to 2024, we'll be hosting workshops on a variety of legacy-building topics. We hope you can join us for a few of them. Check out the full list below.

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The Power of Planned Giving

You can leave a loving gift to future generations – the power of a connected community – by including the Goodman Community Center in your estate plans, and helping us reach our goal of 70 gifts for 70 years.

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Community Workshops to Secure Your Legacy

These free workshops will provide tools and ideas for you to create your own legacy planning and charitable gift making. We're offering them as a resource to our community with no planned giving intentions required — anyone is welcome and invited to join us!

How to Prepare an Obituary — Aug. 24, 2022

How to Prepare an Obituary, presented by Karen Faster

Wednesday, August 24 at 2:30pm

Writing an obituary can be a monumental and stressful task, especially when the author is overwhelmed with grief. Whether you want to write your own obituary or a memorial for someone you love, this workshop is for you. Topics cover what to include, organization of content, how to work with relatives and the funeral home’s role.

Karen Faster learned to write obituaries as a cub newspaper reporter in rural Minnesota. In the decades since, she has written obituaries for relatives and helped friends draft obituaries for their family members. Now retired from years of editing policy analyses and research grant applications for the university, she's excited to share her expertise with the community.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this free workshop. Registration is encouraged but not required, and drop-ins are welcome.

In the Evjue Room of our Ironworks Building
149 Waubesa St., Madison WI 53704

Follow this link to register and learn more.

Strategic Philanthropy: Unique Strategies for Tax-Efficient Giving — Oct. 26, 2022

Strategic Philanthropy: Unique Strategies for Tax-Efficient Giving, presented by Resonant Capital Advisors

Wednesday, October 26 at 2:30pm

Today's financial challenges are obvious every time we turn on the news, pump gas or buy groceries. For organizations and individuals alike, it is more important than ever to plan and be ready for everything — especially if you want to renew or increase your philanthropic impact. That is why our second Love & Legacy workshop will focus on financial planning and giving strategies during market uncertainty and volatility. Please mark your calendar and join us.

Resonant Capital Advisors is an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm based in Madison and founded in 2018. It provides comprehensive financial planning, investment solutions and reporting to its clients as a fiduciary advisor. Resonant was named to the Financial Times 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers list, which recognizes top independent RIA firms from across the U.S. The firm, its shareholders and employees have a proud history of community and charitable involvement and look forward to sharing their experience with workshop attendees.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this free workshop. Registration is encouraged but not required, and drop-ins are welcome.

In the Evjue Room of our Ironworks Building
149 Waubesa St., Madison WI 53704

Follow this link to register and learn more.

Community Chat with Letesha Nelson: Women Leading the Way — Dec. 7, 2022

Community Chat with Letesha Nelson: Women Leaders Stepping Up

Wednesday, December 7, 7:30-9:00am

Goodman Community Center CEO Letesha Nelson will be joined by women leaders around Madison to discuss the most pressing challenges our community faces and the many ways area residents and leaders can be part of the solution and do better. The discussion will look to inspire accountability from all members of a community - individuals and businesses alike.

Letesha will be joined by these five local leaders:

  • Alexis London, Executive Director of Bayview Foundation
  • Elsa Caetano, Executive Director of Kennedy Heights
  • Sandy Morales, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Vanessa McDowell, CEO of YWCA of Madison
  • Veronica Castillo, Assistant Director of East Madison Community Center

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Coffee, tea and pastries will be available starting at 7:30am and the discussion will run from 8-9am. This discussion is free to attend, and registration is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins are welcome.

In our Brassworks Building
214 Waubesa St., Madison WI 53704

Follow this link to register and learn more.

Overview of Estate Planning and Will Writing — Feb. 21, 2023

Overview of Estate Planning and Will Writing, presented by Michelle Behnke

Tuesday, February 21 at 2:30pm

In the Evjue Room of our Ironworks Building
149 Waubesa St., Madison WI 53704

Check back soon for more info.

Celebrating Kindness Across Our Community — Apr. 2023

Be the Good: Celebrating Kindness Across Our Community

Check back soon for more info.

Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts — Jun. 2023

Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts

Check back soon for more info.

Overview of Estate Planning and Will Writing — Aug. 2023

Overview of Estate Planning and Will Writing

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For more information about building your legacy plans, or for more info on workshops, please contact:

Dani Luckett

Chief Development Officer
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