Dr. Jessie Houston admits she didn't wake up one morning and decide to make a gift to Carle. She's actually thought about it for some time.
According to Dr. Houston, there comes a time when you just do it. You may think of it at retirement or even five years after retirement. But when the time comes, you know it.
"This is the time for me," says the retired Carle physician with a smile.
In June 2010, Dr. Houston created a charitable gift annuity through The Carle Development Foundation. While her gift helps guarantee outstanding healthcare for our community, it also provides her a fixed income for life, valuable tax savings and membership in the Margaret Carle Morris Society.
"I just think you should be philanthropic," she states with enthusiasm. "You should give to causes that are important to you."
With a brother-in-law who is profoundly deaf and a father who suffered hearing loss as he aged, Dr. Houston chose to direct her gift to Carle's Expanding Children's Hearing Opportunities program and the Carle Auditory Oral School. Her generosity will assist with program needs now and in the future.
"Throughout my career, I've always tried to give back," Dr. Houston says. "It's my philosophy that this is really something one should do."
Dr. Houston came to the United States three years after graduating from Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland, thinking it would be good for her career. She never expected to stay longer than a year. Luckily for Carle, she changed her mind.