Planned Giving is a Family Affair for Kate Collins

Kate Collins says UMRC has cared for many important people in her life. “My grandmother lived here, and my mom will soon be moving to the new Prairie Cottages,” one of many projects near and dear to Kate’s heart as UMRC’s Vice President for Project Development. In her 25th year working at UMRC, Kate’s decision to include the faith-based nonprofit organization in her estate planning was an easy one. “This is a very special place to me.”

In 2005, Kate and her husband, Erich Klun, an engineer, began their estate plan when they adopted their daughter, Coco, from China. Now that Coco is 13, Kate says she and Erich decided it was time to review and update their estate plan – something she would encourage everyone to do – and decide where they want their assets to go, while also caring for their family. “We each chose a charity that means a lot to us – for me that is the UMRC Foundation.”

For Coco as well. “Coco has virtually grown up on this campus,” says Kate. “She is very proud of her volunteering and is very fond of the people here.”

“I have personally seen the benefit of bequest gifts on the well-being of our residents,” Kate adds. “These gifts to the UMRC Foundation are so important and keep the momentum of UMRC going into the future. I hope our gift can be used for a building project someday and make possible something on the ‘dream’ list.”

Don’t forget Giving Tuesday on November 28! To make a secure online donation to the UMRC Foundation, visit For more information on how you can include the UMRC Foundation in your estate plan, contact Shane Williamson, Major Gifts Officer, at 734-433-1000 ext. 7397 or by e-mail at