Carol GarciaSAGE Donor
Carol Garcia has served 13 years on the SAGE Women's Dance Committee, 8 years on the Board of Directors, 5 years as a Taylor Society Member and has an endless passion for service and a vision for SAGE's future.
When did you first become aware of or involved with SAGE, Carol?
My friend, Jill Matthews, invited me to the annual SAGE Awards and Gala. After that, I joined the SAGE Women's Dance Committee around 1999. Then, as now, the committee was entirely run by volunteers. This incredible collection of women-some had been doing that work for 20 years at that point-ranged in age from 21 to 91. And the dances are popular with all kinds of women. I can bring it up in conversation on Fire Island, Manhattan... everyone knows about and loves the dances. There's such diversity, every ethnicity, older women dancing with younger women... that was my introduction to SAGE.
How did that evolve to your incredible tenure on SAGE's board of directors?
Jill Matthews recommended me. I knew some people involved, and had just termed off another board and interviewed with Erica Bell, President of SAGE at that time. I was invited to join in September 2002.
You remain a member of the Women's Dance and Strategic Planning Committees and Taylor Society. Why is SAGE so important?
Aging is the reward of a long life. I'd like to live a long life and, selfishly, I want SAGE to be around for my partner Victoria, my friends and me as we age. SAGE, therefore, also needs to live a long life-to age and grow to continue caring for LGBT older adults in New York City and nationally.
Why did you become a member of Taylor Society?
Planned giving and estate planning allows a person to take care of loved ones and relatives-people you want to help when you pass on. I consider SAGE a loved one. I want SAGE to share in whatever I've been able to accumulate in my lifetime. I plan now, it doesn't cost me anything immediately and I find peace of mind knowing I’ll be able to give something in the future.
How are you planning to honor SAGE in your estate plans? Was it easy?
I’ve made SAGE a beneficiary of my 401(k). SAGE’s website made it easy—it walked me through the process and explained precisely what I’d need to do and how to correctly complete the beneficiary forms.
Why do you think careful planning is especially important for the LGBT community?
The vast majority of our community does not have grandchildren and children—usual beneficiaries of bequests. So, why not SAGE? It doesn’t take millions of dollars to make a difference (not that SAGE couldn’t use millions of dollars). My point is, a dollar goes a long way at SAGE. If we all left a modest amount to SAGE, we could collectively make a significant and positive difference in the way our community ages.
Any other thoughts?
LGBT people are assuming a new role in our broader society, being recognized and earning equal rights. There’s no better time for our community to step up and help address those still in need within our aging population. Nobody does this work as deeply and widely as SAGE does. We need to support that with every possible resource.Learn more about the Taylor Society.