Anna Rose Schannauer can’t remember exactly when she started volunteering for Tabor, but it’s been over a dozen years. She has helped prepare newsletter and annual appeal mailings, worked on events and held Bible studies for the women of Beth Shalom.
We’ve always known her as Anna Rose. She was named for her father’s sister, Anna, and her mother’s sister, Rosa. Neither of them had children, so when her parents passed, she became their caretaker, taking care of their bills for them. But her high school and college friends only knew her as “Diffy.” “My maiden name is Diffenbaugh,” she explains. “As a child I called my father Dee-dee, so that became my nickname and eventually it became “Diffy.”
She taught elementary school for 33 years, including 30 years teaching kindergarten. “I loved getting up every morning and going to teach,” she says. “When I retired I volunteered at the library and Catholic school doing story hours. I just couldn’t give up my time with the 5 year olds. It’s a delightful age.”
When Phyllis, Tabor’s Vice President for Development, approached Anna Rose about making a planned gift to support Tabor, Anna Rose selected a gift annuity through Everence.
Her gift annuity provided an immediate tax deduction for a portion of her gift. Everence is paying Anna Rose (or a beneficiary, if she has chosen one) a dependable, fixed income for life. The remaining balance will be transferred to Tabor at the end of the contract (the death of the last beneficiary). A portion of Anna Rose’s annuity payments are also tax free.
“Providing an annuity for Tabor was very easy to set up and, if you have the finances, it is one of the best things you can do with your money. You receive money from the annuity on a schedule you set up and in the meantime, your money is being invested. It’s not just sitting in a back account. It’s working money. I knew I could afford it and when I am no longer here [to support Tabor], my money will be doing actively good.
“I feel God is so good and I have been so blessed, I just want to give back. Tabor is one of those organizations that helps so many people.
“I’m thinking of all the lives that this gift is going to touch … the women of Beth Shalom … the people in TLC … people, who through no fault of their own, lost their housing … people who need a second start. Tabor is a wonderful support organization for those people. I’m sure many people can be blessed by the gift.”
Anna Rose likes the 50 for 50 Campaign because it’s a good way to get more people to hear about what Tabor is doing and what they can do with their finances. She says, “I would like Tabor to be more well-known, so more people would support them.”
Anna Rose will be 88 in February and continues to volunteer. We and the other volunteers always look forward to her cheerful presence. “Volunteering is something I can do,” she says, “I don’t think I could keep up with 5 year olds anymore.
“When I was in college I was very active in sports. Because of that, I was inducted into the Kutztown Athletic Hall of Fame when I was 75. I played basketball and soccer (my favorite) and won a lot of awards for archery.
“I have good health … that is the biggest blessing I have had.
“I think this tax annuity is a win-win-win. I get a tax benefit, Tabor gets money to help people, and the people Tabor helps also win. It is a 3-way win.”
Making a donation to Tabor can be one of life’s greatest joys. By planning your charitable giving, you can make your dollars go further than they would by simply writing a check. If you would like to discuss a planned giving option or want a personal visit please contact Phyllis Stacks, Vice President for Development, Tabor Community Services or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (717) 358-9383.