CREATING IMPACT FROM TRAGEDY
When Faye Wingate took her own life at the young age of 59, she left a void in the hearts of her spouse, parents, siblings, and children she left behind. Wanting to do something that not only honored Faye’s memory but also benefited the Muncie community where she grew up, her family contacted The Community Foundation in 2009 and established the Faye Wingate Fund, which provides unrestricted money to help the Foundation meet the community’s most critical needs.
In spite of the physical pain that Faye battled most of her life as a result of an autoimmune disease, she poured into the lives of others in countless ways.
She was a single mother to two young boys when she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas, and she spent her career ministering to the needs of her patients, ranging from birthing mothers and infants to older adults. She was a child advocate, a mentor, and a fierce supporter of Amnesty International. In many ways, the fund mirrors Faye’s generous spirit. Her brother, Jim, says that she was “the most caring and empathetic person” he has ever known, and he describes her life as one marked by courage and service to others, despite her many health problems.
We like the fact that Faye’s endowment fund is unrestricted and The Community Foundation can use the funds for whatever the community needs.
Faye’s mother, Adele, was the one who came up with the idea to establish the endowment fund. She and her husband, Jim senior, had established trust funds for their four children, and when Faye passed away, they decided to use the money from her trust to establish the endowment. They chose to work with The Community Foundation because of the family’s strong connection to Muncie, where both Adele and Jim senior grew up. “It was my father’s decision,” says Jim. “He and my mom grew up in Muncie, and I know he wanted to see Muncie and all of its inhabitants prosper.”
As a way of further honoring Faye, Jim and his two other sisters, Suzanne Wingate and Colby Wingate, have decided that their trusts will also join the Faye Wingate Fund upon their passing, knowing they can feel good about how the money will be used. “We like the fact that Faye’s endowment fund is unrestricted and The Community Foundation can use the funds for whatever the community needs,” Jim says. “We have been very pleased with their decisions and know that Faye would be pleased as well.”