Quiet philanthropist with a soft spot for children makes huge impact on Boyer.

Since the Boyer Children’s Clinic first opened its doors in 1942, its leadership and staff have worked to ensure that all patients have access to the high-quality care, therapies and services that Boyer provides – and generous support from the community has always played a vital role in Boyer’s ability to serve all families who need us.

“As a nonprofit, we have always relied on philanthropic support from our community. Each gift, whether it’s $50, $5,000, or $50,000 has a profound impact on our programs and services,” says Mike Stewart, executive director of Boyer Children’s Clinic. “Many people give because they recognize the vital role that Boyer plays in our community, and how critical access to early intervention services can be to the life of a child. That is philanthropy at its core.” A recent example of a true champion for special needs children – and a quiet philanthropist – was Bob Gustafson.

Bob was a lifelong Seattleite and a longtime resident of the Ballard neighborhood. By trade he worked as a chemical engineer, and was also an accomplished saxophonist. While Bob never had a direct connection to Boyer, he did have a soft spot for children with special needs. When considering which charities to include in his estate plans, his attorney, David Richdale, suggested Boyer Children's Clinic.

“I served on the Board for Boyer Children’s Clinic in the 1970’s, and know what an important role the organization plays to families with children facing developmental delays or disabilities. In his estate plans, Bob was looking to include a local, well-established nonprofit that supported children with special needs, and Boyer certainly is that.”

Bob never revealed his incredible gift to Boyer during his lifetime, but his quiet generosity ultimately resulted in a $260,000 estate gift that will directly benefit the lives of our children and families, ensuring that they have access to the highest-quality therapies, programs and services available.

“We are truly grateful for Bob’s generous legacy gift, and for our many other generous donors who, like Bob, have also made provisions for Boyer in their estate plans,” says Mike Stewart.

Have you considered making a planned gift to Boyer Children’s Clinic? Legacy gifts can be funded with cash, securities, real estate, life insurance or other assets, and can be crafted to achieve both your charitable and financial goals. When you make a legacy gift to Boyer, you are making an investment in the well-being of children with special needs and their families who rely on Boyer’s critical therapies, programs and services, both now and in the decades ahead. To learn more about how you can support Boyer through a planned gift, please contact Lindsay Hopkins, development and communications manager, at lindsay.hopkins@boyercc.org or call 206-325-8477.