If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?
She wanted to give money away to people and causes she cared about.
“Angie thought she had to have Bill Gates’ money to be able to do that,” Knoepfle says. “I assured her she didn’t.”
Angie lives in Columbus, Nebraska, where she works for the USDA Farm Loan Program. She also owns a 400-acre farm in Clay County, Nebraska, which she and her husband ran together until his death in 2010. Today, she has a crop share lease with two area farmers, which enables them to split the expenses and production of farming. Through this arrangement and investments that had appreciated in value, she was ready to make an impact on the causes and people she cared about.
Knoepfle, who first met Angie at a Habitat for Humanity build, helped her client develop a philanthropy strategy including resources from Thrivent. It enables Angie to support several groups, including Youth and Families for Christ, the Columbus High School band and middle school music program, the high school journalism program, Trinity Lutheran Church, Western Illinois University (girls’ volleyball gear), and the Platte Valley Literacy Association.
“It’s one of the most fabulous things I’ve ever been involved in,” Angie says.
She loves to lead
“Just a little bit made a huge difference for these kids,” Angie says. “I just hope they get as much out of music as I did in high school. It gave me so much confidence in my life.”
Angie’s generosity extends to her family, too. She loves her two nieces and wanted to help provide for their future. With Knoepfle’s guidance, Angie implemented a gifting strategy that allowed her to follow her heart.
Angie is grateful she met Knoepfle. The two have become more than client and financial advisor; they’ve become friends and exercise buddies.
“I’m just so fortunate that Thrivent gave me the opportunity,” Angie says, “to really make my dream come true.”