Margaret Hyde Heritage Society Member, Leslee Thorpe Budge
When Leslee Thorpe Budge, Alpha Gamma/Utah State, and her husband discovered their five-year, $25,000 pledge to the Foundation could be given immediately as a tax-free IRA distribution, they were eager to put their generosity to work ahead of schedule while receiving tax benefits.
Leslee shared, "I learned the joy of giving when I was young, having donated from my piggy bank to support our local church. I have enjoyed consistently giving to the Foundation for over 10 years. With this particular gift, I wanted to encourage Chi Omega collegians to make donating to the Foundation a habit that starts in college. I appreciated that our gift would help redesign the Foundation Ambassador program, which completes the circle of giving as Ambassadors educate chapters about giving back to Chi Omega's leadership and educational programming. Through the IRA charitable rollover, it just made sense to complete our five-year pledge in one year so our support could begin right away."
Leslee has given to Chi Omega in many ways, from advising at Mu/California - Berkeley, to leading the Northern California Coordinating Council, to her current service as a member of the Chi Omega Travel Committee.