Stability, work rooted in local communities, and perseverance—these are the attributes that first attracted Richard Konrad to AFSC and have inspired him to remain a loyal donor for some 40 years.
"I'm committed to the idea that there are things people can do to address the big problems in the world," says Richard, who now lives in Norway with his wife, Margot. "For almost 100 years, AFSC has just kept at it. That's exactly what you have to do."
Richard is especially interested in AFSC's work in developing countries. It's an interest that was sparked during a formative experience in Thailand with the Peace Corps in the early 1980s after years of teaching ethics and philosophy at several universities in the United States.
"After living in Asia, the U.S. doesn't look so big," he says. "Other parts of the world count too."
Following his time in the Peace Corps, Richard taught at two English as a Second Language programs in Houston, Texas, and even made a bid for Congress. Then, Richard and Margot explored options for helping people in developing countries. They decided to focus on Guatemala, where they support local grassroots organizations.
He likes that AFSC is working to reduce urban violence in Guatemala. The charitable gift annuities Richard has established with AFSC support that work and allow him to receive income.
"This is a better way to take care of savings than putting it in the bank," he says. "I like to see good things happen and AFSC facilitates that."
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To learn more about gifts that provide income for life and other smart ways to support peace, justice and human dignity worldwide, contact Alyssa Chatten at 888-588-2372 or GiftPlanning@afsc.org today.