Michele and John Belisle are like many CaringBridge families - they've visited sites to follow the health journeys of many family members, friends and acquaintances, post guestbook messages, and make tribute donations on occasion. They've been moved by the significant role CaringBridge plays for so many families and the organization's quality leaders. Michele and John have contributed annually to CaringBridge for several years.
When updating their estate plan a few years ago, the 40-something couple considered how to extend their impact beyond their lives with a planned gift to CaringBridge.
"The return on investment of a gift to CaringBridge is phenomenal,” John says. “The service benefits so many people in a profound way."
investing in the future of CaringBridge
Giving is a family value for the Belisle family - one they've taught their two daughters, Ashley, 18, and Claire, 15, from an early age.
They also wanted to name organizations they trust will exist in perpetuity. Michele says: "We wanted to give somewhere that will sustain because, hopefully, our gift won't be realized for many years. I trust that CaringBridge will be there." Part of this trust stems from the couple's confidence in the organization's leadership.
In the end, it's the basic premise on which CaringBridge was founded that drove the family's decision: "I trust CaringBridge to provide an amazing, important service to people in their time of need," Michele says.