Donation sparks endowment for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Hubert A. Adams knew something about being a mentor to his own five children and to people in general.

His mentoring legacy lives on through a new memorial fund which is starting an endowment in his name to benefit Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters.

His daughter, Nancy Adams, a psychology faculty member at Marshalltown Community College, donated $2,400 of her father’s memorial fund to BBBS.

It is hoped this donation could work as seed money to start an endowment to benefit BBBS into the future.

“He had strong feelings about children and raising them right,” Adams said. “I wanted to do something that would honor him and make an impact. My dad was such a great father to all of us and we want other children to have the opportunity to have a positive, fun-loving adult like my dad in their life. That’s why we wanted to establish a fund that will serve Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters forever.”

Hubert was a native of Iowa before settling for most of his life in the Chicago area. He died in September of 2012.

Lynne Carroll, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said her board members were recently talking about the need for an endowment and it was like Adams heeded their call without even knowing it.

“We are thrilled with it,” Carroll said. “It was what we needed to put our idea into action. This is going to help us in the future for the security of the program.”

To create the endowment, BBBS needs a minimum of $10,000. Carroll said they are halfway to their goal.

“The Marshalltown community has done some amazing things in support of the organization,” Carroll said.

In addition to the normal federal deduction for charitable giving, those who donate through the Community Foundation can also receive a 25 percent state tax credit.

For more information on how to donate to help create the endowment, call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 641-753-6370.