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Head of CDC Foundation and her Husband Make a Legacy Gift

Head of CDC Foundation and her Husband Make a Legacy Gift

Dr. Judy Monroe and her husband, Dr. Robert Lubitz, led graduate medical education programs early in their careers. They found their work meaningful on many levels and decided to give back through annual contributions to the hospital foundation. They decided the hospital foundation should be one of their primary charities since the institution was such a big part of their lives and livelihoods.

In March, 2010, Judy joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and convinced her husband to relocate from Indianapolis to Atlanta. It took her several years before she realized that she could make contributions to the CDC Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign. Soon after, Judy and Bob started to include the CDC Foundation as part of their annual giving.

Judy explains further, "Now, as CEO of the CDC Foundation, I have a firsthand view and understanding of the value of the CDC Foundation to CDC and to public health. The Foundation's programs range from large-scale initiatives funded by large philanthropies, to emergency response programs, to small programs with little to no federal funding. The Foundation helps expand the work of CDC with flexibility and speed, through partnerships with philanthropies, the private sector and individuals. Few nonprofits have the opportunity to leverage their donations against a premier agency like the CDC."

Judy and Bob had their wills drawn up after the birth of their third child, who is now 29 years old. Their children have launched their own careers, and Judy and Bob realized it was time to draw up new wills. Their lives are very different now, and their financial situation has changed after decades of working.

They decided to include the CDC Foundation in their planned giving for three reasons.

  1. Science. They want their philanthropic giving to support programs grounded in science.
  2. Impact. Investing in CDC programs through the CDC Foundation leverages the remarkable reach of CDC and its partners to improve lives.
  3. Purpose. They want to leave a legacy and advance the mission of their life's work. They believe that the CDC Foundation and CDC will stay true to that mission.

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