Charitable Gift Annuity Helps Preserve Landmark
Jim and Ginger Nissen
Jim and Ginger Nissen of Lincoln made a gift that will benefit their hometown of Wayne. Jim grew up on a farm near Wayne, and Ginger moved to Wayne as a high school student. After they married, Jim and Ginger moved to Lincoln, but they continued to stay connected to their hometown.
A number of years ago, members of the Ley family, including Ginger’s mother, donated their historic home to the Wayne County Historical Society. Today, the 1890’s Rollie Ley mansion serves as the Wayne County Museum. The museum features outstanding turn-of-the-century architecture and artifacts. The Wayne County Historical Society preserves this local treasure through a number of volunteer efforts, including annual fundraisers and other activities.
The Nissens, wishing to provide for the maintenance and enhancement of the Ley Museum, consulted with their tax advisor who suggested a charitable gift annuity through the Nebraska Community Foundation.
The charitable gift annuity allows the Nissens to create a future permanent endowment for maintenance of the museum, receive immediate tax benefits and receive an immediate fixed and level income throughout their lifetime.
“It seemed appropriate and prudent for Ginger and me to create a fund to endow the future maintenance of the museum, with the additional hope and desire that our gift will motivate others in the spirit of giving and support for the museum,” Jim Nissen said.