Extending Your Public Health Legacy: Planned Giving with the CDC Foundation

Public health is all around us: the water we drink, the immunizations we receive to prevent illness and the environment in which we live, work and play. Put simply, public health is concerned with protecting the health of populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.

Have you ever wondered how you might leave a public health legacy or honor a life dedicated to the service of public health? This was the topic of a seminar we hosted during the 67th annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta yesterday, titled Extending Your Public Health Legacy: A Planned Giving Seminar with the CDC Foundation.

At the seminar, we were fortunate to have a few special guest speakers, including Maria Thacker, daughter of Dr. Stephen B. Thacker, EIS ‘76; Dr. Gene Gangarosa, EIS ’64, a retired Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist; and Zoe Hicks, Atlanta attorney, speaker and author. It was great to hear Maria and Dr. Gangarosa share their personal testimonies of how they hope to make a difference in the world beyond their lifetimes through their philanthropy.

It is our hope to spark ideas for anyone considering the meaningful impact of directing a bequest or other planned gift to the CDC Foundation to extend a public health legacy and life’s work.

We invite you to consider extending your life’s work with a legacy gift to the CDC Foundation. To discuss planned giving opportunities, please feel free to contact me at amacklin@cdcfoundation.org


Amy Macklin is a senior advancement officer for the CDC Foundation.