Scouting has been an important part of the Koepke family for four generations. Bob is an Eagle Scout as are his father, brother and two sons. He believes in giving back and followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by taking an active role in volunteering for the program.
With Scouting being such a large part of his life, he wanted to make sure his yearly contributions to Northern Star Council continued after he was gone. Bob gained an appreciation for endowments, particularly through his father's influence.
Bob: Non-profits need volunteers but they also need the funds to support their cause. It takes both the time and money from volunteers. There are people like me, who have been in Scouting 30-40 years, and have had the chance to see, first-hand, the impact the program has on young people. When you give to an endowment you are supporting the organization forever, and it is also a great way to help protect from the ups and downs of the economy. And, it is nice to make that commitment while you are still alive even though the organization won't receive the gift until after you are gone.
To support his passion for endowment giving, Bob made Northern Star Council the beneficiary of his IRA.
Bob: What people need to realize is that when you retire and have a good amount in IRAs and a 401K, that money can be heavily taxed for you or your heirs. NSC can receive the assets from the IRA tax-free, allowing the organization to use the funds to continue its good work. It is a nice feeling to know that not only do my yearly donations through the Friends of Scouting campaign help support the Scouting program; my donations to the endowment fund will help provide a steady income to Northern Star Council far into the future.
But there are many ways to support the Northern Star Council's endowment.
Bob: I began supporting the Council's endowment through the James E. West award. It is a $1,000 gift and it can be paid over three years. That is a commitment that many everyday Scouters can do and is an excellent way to assure that the Scouting program will remain strong.