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Edward “Ted” Dunn

A Coach’s Perspective: Teamwork Saves More Lives

Supporter and Volunteer Edward

Edward “Ted” Dunn knows a thing a or two about teamwork, considering he spent more than half of his 92 years guiding fellow members of the United States military and college athletes.

Ted was a football coach at Springfield (Mass.) College for 37 years, including 18 as head coach.

He spread his message of teamwork beyond the field and into his volunteer work. “I know very well about the great work the American Cancer Society does,” Ted said. “For about 10 years, I worked as a volunteer and part of what I did – probably because they knew about my coaching background – was go around and advise other volunteers on working together.”

Ted has also embraced a way to team up with the Society by making contributions to help save more lives that provide him financial benefits – like secure income at payout rates up to 9.0% and tax savings in return – through charitable gift annuities (CGAs). Ted established his first charitable gift annuity in 1994 and, since then has created eight additional CGAs. With a CGA he is able to make a meaningful gift to the American Cancer Society and receive a fixed income for life.

Being a thoughtful and generous person, in the past three years he decided to fund CGAs to financially benefit his daughter and a special friend while helping to create a cancer-free world. Ted’s decision to make a charitable gift to the Society was based on his personal journey with cancer, and on the fact that he sees the hope and promise that is the result of donor dollars.

Ted’s wife of 60 years, Ann, was taken by cancer in 2001. Through his support, Ted has the satisfaction of knowing he will be making a difference in people’s lives, even when he is no longer here. “I feel confident knowing my donation is being used to do good work,” Ted said.

The charitable gifts were extremely generous considering he "was hardly a wealthy man" and he never made more than $40,000 a year coaching, but "we saved our pennies over the years and lived by the philosophy that ‘just enough is plenty.’"

To find out which charitable giving option best fits your specific situation and to help us make a difference in the fight against cancer, please contact an American Cancer Society estate planning professional in your area by calling toll free 800-227-1885.