Frank and Pattie Reynolds

Frank and Pattie Reynolds know the Capital Region Community Foundation well. Pattie was the president from 1995 to 2002. Frank, a criminal defense attorney, has spent many years serving on local nonprofit boards and seeing the needs and challenges of the community first-hand in the courtroom.

Frank and Pattie ReynoldsSo when it was time for them to think about the legacy they wanted to leave, they knew exactly what to do: They established a donor-advised fund with the Community Foundation.

“We have fields of interest that we support — education, basic needs, humane treatment of animals,” Pattie said. “We did it that way because you never know whether a charity will be there 50 years from now, and it’s the job of the foundation’s board to take a look at what Frank and I would have wanted to support and then fund the next closest thing to that.”

It's been really important for us to be involved in some sort of philanthropic activities. Our heart is in that whole process, being able to do things to help folks out who really need a hand. Once you start doing things like that, it becomes a part of who you are and how you view the world. We get a lot of satisfaction out of that."

— Frank Reynolds

What appealed to Frank was being able to see the impact of their gifts.

“It’s been really important for us to be involved in some sort of philanthropic activities,” he said. “Our heart is in that whole process, being able to do things to help folks out who really need a hand.”

By establishing their fund now, Frank and Pattie are able to recommend each year how the grant dollars are disbursed. Their choices often are fueled by their work in the community, past and present.

Frank taught at Pattengill Middle School and Eastern High School. “I always wanted to fund anything that has to do with education,” he said. “I’m also a supporter of law enforcement and firefighters. I’m a criminal defense attorney, so those things were always important to me.”

“I try to give the majority of my grants to the Lansing community, because I know so many needs are there,” Pattie said. “But there’s also an animal reserve in Florida that I like to support. I can make those choices with our fund. I feel really good about that.”

“At the end of the day, this is our home, and we want to make it as good as we can,” Frank said. “That really makes for a much better community. Starting out, we didn’t have a whole lot to give away, but as we’ve progressed in our lives and our income has gotten better, we’ve been able to increase our giving. And we can see the impact of our gift.”

The Community Foundation doesn’t sell a particular charity. It caters to donors. What’s your dream? They can make that happen. It’s more stable and secure than any one nonprofit."

—Pattie Reynolds

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