Leaving a lasting legacy to veterinary medicine: The Fobians’ story

American Veterinary Medical FoundationDr. Clark Fobian and his wife Rita have been involved in veterinary medicine for more than 30 years. So when they began thinking about estate planning, they set their sights on the veterinary arena for an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the field they love.

Hoping to create a “living memorial” to their careers, they found that making a deferred gift to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) was the perfect choice.

“We felt it most important to give our gratitude to the foundation as an ongoing memorial to our lifelong love for animals,” said Dr. Fobian, a past president of both the AVMA and the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. “Rita and I have been involved in veterinary medicine almost our entire working careers. What better way (to give back) than to support the AVMF?”

A planned gift to the AVMF, the charitable arm of the AVMA, is a great way to achieve your philanthropic goals and financial planning needs while also sustaining the foundation’s work of helping veterinarians help animals. There are many planned giving options, such as bequests, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts and endowments.

These gifts are a cornerstone of the AVMF’s growth. The foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grants since its founding in 1963, and it honors donors who choose to include the foundation in their wills or estate plans through recognition in its Legacy Society. Legacy Society members enjoy the knowledge that their sound and generous financial decisions will help advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health for years to come.

“We have been involved in veterinary medicine probably since Clark was in veterinary school, and it has been a major part of our lives,” said Rita Fobian. By planning a deferred gift to the AVMF in their estate, “we can provide for the well-being of pets and people in the future.”

“We are deeply grateful to the Fobians and all our Legacy Society members for their very special expressions of loyalty, confidence, and support,” said Debborah Harp, AVMF executive director. “We rely on their generosity to continue funding vital programs in education, advocacy, research and service.”

The Fobians tell their story in the video below, which also is posted on the AVMA’s YouTube channel. Visit the AVMF website to learn more about planned giving opportunities. For specific language to include in your estate planning documents, or if you have other questions, contact Debborah Harp at 847-285-6773 or dharp@avmf.org.

Leaving a Legacy Gift to the AVMF from AVMAvets on Vimeo.

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