Ron and Judy Parks of Papillion are Longtime Supporters of the Nebraska Community Foundation
Ron and Judy Parks
Ron and Judy Parks are longtime supporters of the Nebraska Community Foundation. Ron served as NCF Board member and Chair from 1997-2006 and continues to provide guidance through his involvement as an Honorary Board member. Judy began her first term on the Board in November 2010 and continues to serve.
Ron used a Charitable IRA Rollover to make a major contribution to NCF’s endowment. The Charitable IRA Rollover law, which has been extended permanently, allows those age 70½ and older to transfer funds from an IRA to a charity tax free.
“When I turned 70 ½ I had to start taking a required minimum distribution from my IRA annually, and I have to pay taxes on that. At this point in our lives, Judy and I don’t need the extra income and we certainly don’t need the extra taxes,” Ron said.
“I looked at different ways of charitable giving, including gifts of highly appreciated stocks, gift annuities and life insurance, and for me, the Charitable IRA Rollover seemed like a great way to make a charitable gift.”
Ron grew up on a farm near Foster, Nebraska. He is the founder of Millard Manufacturing Corp. in Omaha. He is also an accomplished sculptor whose work has been displayed at Ural State University in Russia as part of their cultural program. His sculptures are placed in several prominent locations in Omaha, such as in Gene Leahy Mall and Joslyn Museum’s Discovery Garden.
Judy Parks grew up in Wichita, Kansas and Warrensburg, Missouri. Judy is an avid conservationist, pilot, researcher and writer. With Ron she co-wrote a book on managing a small business, and has written a book on heart-healthy cooking.
When they are not working, volunteering and creating, Ron and Judy enjoy spending time on their farm south of Valparaiso and boating in the Pacific Northwest.