Nancy Coolley’s Story
When Nancy Coolley retired from Hewitt Associates in 2002 she wanted to find an organization where she could contribute in a meaningful way and invest her time and money towards making a real difference for the community.
“I looked around, interviewed organizations and was greatly impressed with what I heard about the focus and direction at United Way of Lake County.
You can’t help everyone, but you can help an organization where you know the money will be wisely spent, and will most likely make a difference where I live.”
Over the last 16 years, Nancy’s dedication to United Way of Lake County (UWLC) has remained strong and continues to grow. Nancy started volunteering as a marketing advisor, served on the allocations committee and was involved in the county-wide effort to determine education as a focus for UWLC’s mission. Nancy also served on an early 2-1-1 committee and helped to craft a five year strategic plan for UWLC. She participated as a member of United Way of Illinois, and served a year as the Board Chair. And, Nancy has been leader on UWLC’s Board and Executive Board for multiple terms.
“The more I learned, the more engaged I became, and I really felt my business skills, experiences and talent were being put to good use.”
A few years ago, Nancy decided she wanted to ensure that the work she had invested in, for so many years, would continue long term.
“When I revised my will recently the thought occurred to me that I have invested so much time and money in United Way of Lake County while alive, I should care about the continuation of the great programs, which are truly making a difference, when I’m gone. It was one of those moments when the light bulb goes on.”
Nancy’s generous donations, of both time and money, have led to measurable improvements for children and families in need in Lake County. And, through Nancy’s planned gift, she will leave a lasting legacy that will continue to support future generations.
“The way I see it, giving small amounts won’t make an impact, and won’t help anyone remember me. We each need one focus where your participation makes a difference.
If you are giving now, and have done so for years, you have made an investment. You should consider one last gift to continue that work of your investment after you are gone.”