Family traditions lead to lifelong generosity

Getting together at the holidays can also mean giving together

Act on your family's faith and values through a donor advised fund at InFaith Community Foundation

When InFaith Community Foundation donor Gaye Guyton's extended family gathers this holiday season, they will share memories of Christmas slumber parties with cousins and Advent devotions written by Grandma. They'll also spend time giving to the charities important to them.

It's a family tradition started by Gaye's parents years ago. The grandchildren would receive envelopes with $20 inside for them to donate. "Even as young children, it didn't take them long to realize that pooling their money would increase their gifts," Gaye recalls.

As the kids grew, Gaye searched for a way to bolster the family's generosity and honor her parents' values, now and for decades to come. She discovered InFaith, a national, faith-based charity that serves individuals, organizations and the community through charitable planning, donor advised funds and endowments. InFaith works collaboratively with Thrivent.

"InFaith believes that no gift is too small when you're helping to make the world a better place," Gaye says. "InFaith felt tailored to our family."

"The educational piece across generations is one of the best outcomes of our family fund at InFaith." – Gaye Guyton

When Gaye's mother became ill, Gaye knew it was time to act on her family's legacy. Many of the nine grandchildren were teens and young adults by that time. Gaye threw a surprise party to announce she had established a donor advised fund at InFaith and named her children, nieces and nephews as advisors. She also invited them to name the fund. Remembering the red mailbox their grandma filled with treats during visits, they chose The Red Mailbox Fund to honor their grandparents' generosity.

This Christmas will be just the second since Gaye's mother passed away. The grandkids – some home from college and jobs – will spend time with their grandpa learning together about charities they might support. "The educational piece across generations is one of the best outcomes of our family fund at InFaith," Gaye says.

Getting together, giving together

As the Christmas holiday approaches and we turn to the new year, consider acting on your family's faith and values through a donor advised fund at InFaith. Support charities and causes important to you while spending cherished time together. Learn more about InFaith donor advised funds or call 800-365-4172.

GenerationsGive InFaith

Recognizing donors' desire to share generosity with their families, InFaith introduced resources to help start conversations about charitable giving. From worksheets exploring giving goals, to a hands-on card deck activity, there's something for everyone. Visit the GenerationsGive page to learn more about InFaith's family giving program and view resources.

About InFaith Community Foundation

InFaith Community Foundation is a national charity with a mission to serve donors, spread joy and change lives. Through InFaith, giving is customized to each donor’s charitable interests and financial circumstances. InFaith is a proven steward of these gifts, earning consistently high ratings from Charity Navigator and GuideStar for sound fiscal management, transparency and commitment to excellence. Together with donors, InFaith grants millions of dollars annually to charities serving local, national and global communities. To learn more, visit

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