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Letty Murray

Letty Murray said that being charitable just came naturally for her and her husband, Gil. When Gil suggested that they open a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation to help increase their charitable impact, she trusted his good judgment. That was in 1960, when donor-advised funds were a relatively new vehicle for giving.

It turns out that the Murrays were philanthropic pioneers - one of the first donors to open such a fund at the Central New York Community Foundation. The Community Foundation now houses hundreds of donor-advised funds, serving donors that want to actively participate in the grantmaking process and retain flexibility while lessening the administrative burden of charitable giving.

Over the course of 50 years, the Murrays used their fund to support causes they cared about deeply. Letty continued her volunteer work and carried on the Murray family tradition of generous support for a number of local charities. She felt strongly that her family's legacy of generosity should continue on long after she is gone, and she turned to the Community Foundation to carry that torch.

Letty put her trust in the Community Foundation to continue giving in the Murray name in perpetuity, supporting the greatest needs of the community. After all, we have been a trusted partner in her family's charitable impact for more than half a century. What better way to honor Gil and to leave a lasting mark on the community they loved.

If you're interested in opening a fund like the H. Gillis & Letty M. Murray Fund, learn more here.