Divya Singh, M.D., says: “My trips to the developing world have taught me how fragile life can be. I’m a strong believer in paying it forward; it’s important to create opportunities for others. That’s why I became a member of the Legacy Circle.” Thanks to Divya’s commitment, the ideals that attracted her to Oxfam—social justice, women’s empowerment, and access to education for girls around the world—will be supported well into the future.
Legacy Circle members Stephen and Jane Land listed Oxfam as a beneficiary of their retirement account. They are preserving the ideals that attracted them to Oxfam in 1973: self-reliance, local control, focus on social justice, and willingness to self-question. The Lands also appreciate Oxfam’s ability to act independently and speak truth to power. Stephen says, “Oxfam amplifies the voices of marginalized people. We can’t think of a better way to reflect our values.”
California donor Ida Wheeler, who died at 105, left Oxfam in her plans. Over her lifetime, she took numerous trips overseas and gained an appreciation for the challenges facing women in India, South Africa, and elsewhere. According to her niece Connie Waldeck, Ida was frugal and not concerned about comfort in her golden years—all she cared about was giving to others. “I didn’t save for myself,” Connie recalls Ida saying, and she adds, “Auntie quietly gave to many different charities. She cared very deeply about the charities that she supported.”
Tito and Laura Meyer say: “We support Oxfam because of the important work it does all over the world. Not only does Oxfam provide emergency relief, Oxfam concentrates on bringing long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. The thing that convinced us to become legacy donors is that Oxfam also advocates for change at the governmental level.”