A Personal Mission Unforgotten

 

When they lost their adult daughter, Susan, to cancer, the Perez family received hundreds of contributions from people throughout the community. Susan had been a high school teacher, so many of the contributions came from fellow teachers and from parents of the students whose lives she had touched. "Susan cared so deeply about her work," says Mrs. Perez, "and we wanted to use the money to continue in that spirit of helping children through their education." The Perez family spoke with their local community foundation and decided to establish the Susan L. Perez Education Fund, a Field of Interest Fund that memorializes their daughter by supporting local educators and students. "We chose to begin this kind of fund because education is so dynamic," says Mr. Perez. "We realize that we aren't always aware of what our school system needs and how it works, and we wanted to be sure that, even years from now, grants made in Susan's name make sense for our community."