A gift for generations to come
The Reuss Legacy Circle is a group of Green Empowerment supporters who have made a lasting commitment to our mission by naming Green Empowerment as a beneficiary in their estate plan, retirement plan or life-insurance plan. We created the Circle as a way to recognize and appreciate these profound contributions, which will allow us to bring rural communities renewable energy and clean water for generations to come.
Contributions to this unrestricted fund are often substantial, allowing us to hire new staff, explore new partnerships, expand into new countries, invest in our program infrastructure and develop organizational reserves to ensure that our projects are supported, today and always.
Join our circle
As a member of the Reuss Legacy Circle, you will make a lasting difference to the communities that we serve. You will also receive the following exclusive benefits:
Opportunity to join Green Empowerment field staff on an annual project tour abroad
Invitation to participate in an annual Executive Director call
Invitation to an annual Legacy Circle appreciation event
Recognition on the Reuss Legacy Circle page, if desired
Special event invitations, and more
Please contact Executive Director Andrea Johnson to learn more leaving a legacy with Green Empowerment. Planned gifts are incredibly valuable and help ensure a strong financial future for our organization to continue its work, expand our reach and share our expertise with the world.
Thank you to the many individuals and families who have already made a lifelong commitment to our organization through the Reuss Legacy Circle. If you are interested in connecting with one of the circle members below to learn about their experience giving to Green Empowerment, please contact Executive Director Andrea Johnson.
Alex and Andrea Johnson
Francie and Michael Royce
David Siegel and Lainie Smith
The Reuss family
Henry and Margaret Reuss were Green Empowerment’s first Legacy supporters – leaving an endowment for our organization that allowed us to hire international program fellows, expand our work into new program countries and continues to power our projects today. Beyond their legacy contribution, Henry and Margaret epitomized the values of Green Empowerment in their daily lives. Henry was a U.S. Congressman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a vocal advocate for economic equity and a lover of the outdoors. He helped draft the legislation that created the Peace Corps, demonstrating his commitment to community empowerment and peace building around the world. Henry was also one of Green Empowerment’s first board members, serving alongside David Linder, Ben Linder’s father. Margaret was a social justice advocate and professor who supported local efforts to provide opportunities, resources and education to the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C. The Reuss’ values and commitment to making the world a better place are reflected in their children and grandchildren, including their son Michael Royce, Green Empowerment’s cherished founder.