From visiting llama farms and family gardens in Ecuador to spending time in village schools in India, Nancy Anderson — a loyal and generous donor since 1973 — has witnessed CARE's life-saving work firsthand.
"When I saw all the different things that CARE was doing, I got sucked in," says Nancy. "You understand how CARE's programs are making people's lives better, and it's exciting to see what a wide array of things they're doing — it's amazing how imaginative the programs are!"
As a teenager in the 1940s, Nancy remembers how CARE delivered millions of relief packages to Europeans at risk of starvation in the aftermath of World War II. She continued to watch as CARE expanded its mission to deliver desperately needed programs to nations in the developing world.
Nancy spent three years after college as a missionary in Pakistan, where she developed an interest in international affairs. She went on to earn a Master's degree in social work. As a social worker, she served foster families and special needs children. Left with an inheritance from her father, Nancy, along with her husband and children, decided it would be best put to use through charity. After years of giving to several organizations, she focused her efforts on CARE.
To date, Nancy has donated more than $1 million to CARE — an incredibly meaningful amount, indeed. She believes in CARE's mission and knows — through her own experiences — just how important CARE's work is in the fight against global poverty. She especially admires CARE's focus on women and girls as agents of change and the key to fighting poverty.
That may be because Nancy is a strong and vibrant woman herself. An active 90-year-old, she hikes, paints sets for her local community theater, and plays violin in the community orchestra.
She continues to faithfully support CARE, and has left a generous legacy gift to CARE in her will. She's confident in CARE's efforts and knows that her legacy gift will impact the lives of people in need for generations to come.
"I think that CARE's leadership is very far-sighted," says Nancy. "They don't just send the CARE package anymore — they're over there, they know just how to work with people in need. Where they operate, they are very, very effective."
Through Nancy's gift to CARE in her will, she's ensuring CARE's effectiveness — and a legacy of help and hope — for years to come.