Inspiring Future Generations of Givers
“To whom much is given, much is expected.” Thomas and Kate Freeland have taken this to heart and aim to use their blessings to support Greenville – particularly its youngest residents. This is partly due to the example Thomas’ mother set early on. Carolyn Freeland is one of the founders of Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit dedicated to feeding the hungry, established 25 years ago.
But it would take another major life event to cement the couple’s dedication to give back. When their first son, Tom, was born in 1998, it struck a nerve to think of children not having parents. Their younger son Mac, soon followed and the Freelands’ charitable work started in earnest.
“It’s important to take care of the community you live in. If you are blessed, it is your privilege to help others and give back.”
Based on advice from friends and business colleagues Mark Cooter and Tod Hyche, the Freelands used part of the proceeds from the sale of a business to establish a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation to commit and to protect their future charitable endeavors. “Any organization with them involved, I knew was worthwhile,” says Thomas, “I admire and trust Tod and Mark.”Going forward, the family is able to direct their giving through the fund to any qualified charity in the U.S.
Kate says she appreciates the opportunity for her sons to see their parents give back in meaningful ways. Thomas adds, “It’s important to take care of the community you live in. If you are blessed, it is your privilege to help others and give back.”