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DeMarco Family Fund of the Pee Dee (2009)

“After my grandfather died, my parents used part of his estate to start a donor advised fund at their local community foundation. That was my introduction to the idea that philanthropy was not just for millionaires. I started a donor advised fund for my own family here in Marion with a donation of $100 a month which finally grew large enough to be a donor advised fund on its own — thanks to the help of many birthday and holiday gifts. I enjoy telling people about the many opportunities a community foundation offers, but my favorite is the ability to start family funds. Ours has been a small blessing for the causes to which we’ve donated, and a much bigger blessing to our family itself.” Paul DeMarco, M. D.