Art Simon, Bread's Founder

May 1, 2015
Advocacy is hard work, and sometimes the victories do not come right away. But Bread has been doing advocacy for decades and has the expertise, experience, and track record for bringing hope and opportunity. Photo: Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Before I stepped aside as president of Bread for the World in 1991, David Beckmann, my successor, asked me to continue to serve on the board of directors and to help out in other ways.

As I thought about the legacy I wanted to leave, I decided to give part of my modest estate to Bread for the World.

I wrote to some other Bread members and invited them to join me in taking this step. From those early efforts has grown what we call the Legacy of Hope, which now includes more than 400 individuals and families.

Each year, I have privilege of talking on the phone with most of those in our Legacy of Hope. Hearing what’s happening in their lives and how they are living out their faith always astounds and inspires me. God has truly created a “cloud of witnesses” to the One who is the Bread of Life and who calls us to be “Bread for the World.”

In recent years, the funds from bequests and other planned gifts have made it possible to launch new initiatives, reach out to new audiences, and sustain core activities.

Just as important, though, is that those who participate in the Legacy of Hope inspire other Bread members to follow their example – and find new ways to provide financial support for our work together to end hunger.

As you consider your family’s needs and your own legacy, you may wish to include a gift for Bread for the World or Bread for the World Institute in your long-term financial planning. You may be inspired by the stories of others who have done so along with the brief descriptions of the options available to you. And you are welcome to request additional information – or indicate that you would like to talk with a member of the staff.

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