Texas Presbyterian Foundation

Purpose or Love: What Will Be Your Legacy?

By Jake Wilson, Relationship Manager

No matter what, we all leave some type of imprint on the world. The decisions and actions we make every day – large or small – impact those around us. This defines how we will be remembered when we are gone. So, what will be your legacy?

Clearly, this is a powerful question, and one that we need to take the time to explore. Understanding what you want your legacy to be will enable you to make better use of your time and resources.

The hard part is figuring out where to start. Over the years, TPF has had the honor and privilege of partnering with countless individuals in their legacy planning efforts. And after a great amount of experience working in this area, we have identified two primary types of legacies that can be applied universally. They are Legacies of Purpose and Legacies of Love.

Legacy of Purpose: In general, our partners tend to be most passionate and energized when focused on something bigger than themselves. Their legacy comes from the positive impact they make in the world.

Legacy of Love: A good example of this type of legacy is one that a loving mother leaves to her child. While the mother will not always be there, her child will extend her legacy of love to future generations.

You can use these principles of purpose and love as a starting point for legacy-related conversations. We can leave a legacy of both purpose and love when choosing to support the mission of our church or charity of choice to impact generations to come.

We are here to help! TPF has a myriad of planned giving opportunities and educational resources designed to ensure that desired legacies come to fruition. Our planned giving professionals are eager and ready to lend a helping hand, so please do not hesitate to contact us HERE.

Let us be intentional about our actions today, our impact on others, and our legacy in the future.

“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson