38 Years of Making an Impact
Steve Rowe had an extraordinary 38-year career with the YMCA of San Diego County before retiring in December 2016. He made the Y a conditional beneficiary of his life insurance policy decades ago, when he first got a director-level job. "I figured if I was going to ask people to leave us an estate gift, I should do it myself first," he remembers.
Over the years, Steve's patient, thought-provoking leadership as Chief Operations Officer transformed individual branches and eventually the whole countywide association. But Steve and his wife, Denise (whom he met through the YMCA), were also transforming their giving and their philanthropic legacy at the same time.
When his father passed away, Steve and his family set up a memorial fund at the East County YMCA. Rather than sending flowers, well-wishers and friends were asked to contribute to that fund as a meaningful way to honor his father's memory. Years later, when his mother passed, he did the same thing for her at the YMCA of San Diego County Team Headquarters office.
"There's an idea that's important to me, that I've tried to pass on to my kids as well," Steve says. "Once I'm gone, did my life matter? Did I help someone else? The idea with my estate gifts is that when I'm no longer here, the gift will still be here and making a difference at the YMCA for those in need."
Steve and Denise continue to support the YMCA with annual gifts and a planned gift for the endowment in their estate plan. If you are interested in leaving a planned gift of any kind to the YMCA of San Diego County, please contact Frank Teplin at [email protected] or (858) 514-4491.
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