Donor Spotlight: Ciro Farina
Ciro on a CoEd tour in August 2003.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where I studied philosophy and law. My wife, Ann, and Elaine (Jeff & Joe's mom)
were high school friends and it was our good fortune to literally be present at the creation of CoEd when we joyfully joined the Board.
Why do you support CoEd?
My wife and I believe CoEd's mission is a most worthwhile undertaking and we were struck by CoEd's business model to overcome the plight of poverty and the tragically high level of illiteracy in Guatemala.
What motivated you to remember CoEd in your estate plans through planned giving?
Early on, planned giving seemed to me and Ann to be an effective way of helping CoEd achieve greater financial stability, especially during those economic periods when fundraising is most difficult. With no children ourselves, CoEd has been our family and I can think of no finer way to say "thank you" to that family.
Do you have any advice for others considering a planned gift?
My only suggestion to these fine people would be to act now, as soon as they can. My wife died last November and her love of CoEd would not have been honored had I delayed any longer.
Would you like to share anything else about your experience with CoEd?
I have been to Guatemala several times over the years and always come home with a reassurance of the value of CoEd's efforts. I sincerely believe CoEd is changing the face of Guatemala bit by bit, child by child, day after day.