Don and Nancy Morse wanted to do something special for Maine people, especially children who are physically and mentally challenged. They decided to establish a charitable remainder trust to help fulfill their desire to benefit Sweetser, Maine Medical Center and Southern Maine Medical Center. Don has also contributed significantly to the University of New England.
The charitable trust allows the Morses to receive a generous income while they enjoy retirement, knowing full well their philanthropic wishes will carry on after they are gone.
“Local people supported me and my business, so this is a way we can support them in return,” explains Don. Born and raised in Wells, Maine, Don was co-owner of A.M. Morse & Sons Lumber and Building Materials, a company that grew as a result of his unique relationships with local folks. Don’s strong belief in personal service attracted him to Sweetser, because of the organization’s commitment to personal service for children and families.
“We want to help make a difference in our own special way,” says Nancy. A Maine native from Lubec, Nancy feels the same as her husband. Her experience as a junior high school teacher with a Master’s degree from the University of Maine at Orono influenced her to establish two funds through the Maine Community Foundation to provide scholarships for high school seniors to pursue higher education, and support a variety of projects for people or communities in need.
Don and Nancy learned about Sweetser from former Sweetser Board President Sue Megathlin. “We didn’t know much about Sweetser,” recalls Nancy, “but we are pleased with the great work being done.” Don adds, “Sweetser has a great legacy and now we are part of it.”
Don and Nancy Morse are pictured together above.
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