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The Shaffers Are Helping Students— Yesterday, Today, and Forever!

Talk about a continued commitment to encouraging young people to go to college! Even after careers as educators, Marie Shaffer thought there was something more to be done by her and her late husband Earl W. Shaffer to incentivize college graduation. Thanks to the ongoing Level the Playing Field Fund dollar-per-dollar match—and the benefit of the IRA charitable rollover (see below)—the Earl & Marie Shaffer Scholarship Fund will do just that through the Community Scholarship Program.

October 10, 2016


Talk about a continued commitment to encouraging young people to go to college! Even after careers as educators, Marie Shaffer thought there was something more to be done by her and her late husband Earl W. Shaffer to incentivize college graduation. Thanks to the ongoing Level the Playing Field Fund dollar-per-dollar match—and the benefit of the IRA charitable rollover (see below)—the Earl & Marie Shaffer Scholarship Fund will do just that through the Community Scholarship Program.

The ShaffersEarl and Marie were always committed to helping youth achieve their full potential: Marie was a guidance counselor at Willow Run High School and Earl was Director of Career and Technical Programs for the Ann Arbor Public School system. Both Earl and Marie, who met during graduate study at the University of Michigan, obtained advanced degrees. That Earl eventually received a doctorate is particularly impressive, since he was the first in his family to graduate high school.

The Shaffers lived out their commitment to educational attainment and successful career preparation and were role models to many, including their own two children (Molly Shaffer Van Houweling and Gus Shaffer), during their 70 combined years of public school service. In honoring her husband’s legacy as well as her own commitment, Marie exhibited the same practical planning that she undoubtedly helped to pass on to former students.

Funding the scholarship through her IRA was both smart and simple to accomplish. As Marie explains, “The mission of the Community Scholarship Program made such sense to me, especially as a multi-year award with a college ‘success coach.’ I would encourage others to explore what might be feasible for them to give through an IRA. I’m so proud that my children were fully supportive of this scholarship because of what education means to our family and the education this will provide for others.”

Interested in giving through your IRA?

If you are 70½ or older, an IRA rollover gift is a win-win way for you to support AAACF—including the scholarship program and a match through the community challenge.

Some benefits of an IRA charitable rollover include:

  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to our organization
  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable gifts

The process is simple! Please note that the distribution must be sent directly to us, not first withdrawn by you. Contact us to learn more!



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