Charitable Journeys: The Claybrook Fund

Mar 22, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of philanthropy, the story of the Claybrook family stands as a shining example of the incredible impact one can have on the causes they hold dear. Allow us to introduce you to Rick and Laurelyn Claybrook, a family whose unwavering commitment to their community has led them to support a multitude of remarkable causes, including their local church and the high school band. Rick and Laurelyn, Donor Advised Fund Clients of United Charitable, firmly believe that the ability to give is both “a privilege and also an obligation.” 

The Claybrooks’ deep connection to their church goes beyond the spiritual realm; it’s a dedication to ensuring that future generations can experience the same sense of faith and community that they’ve cherished. Through their philanthropic efforts, they’ve wholeheartedly supported a range of initiatives and renovations, contributing significantly to the growth and vitality of their place of worship. Furthermore, their love for their community and their unwavering commitment to supporting the passions of their family have drawn them to the local high school band. The Claybrooks fully grasp the transformative power of music in young lives and have actively sponsored students to travel to Normandy for life-enriching cultural experiences that transcend the confines of the classroom. 

What makes their story even more heartwarming is how they’ve engaged their family in this philanthropic journey, sharing their Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) activity with their children and grandchildren. This collaborative approach not only strengthens the bonds within the family but also imparts the values of giving and community to the next generation. Rick emphasizes that sharing their charitable journey with their family has not only been fulfilling but has allowed them to learn of more opportunities to create impact, saying, “when we see particular needs, for the band program for instance, we can jump in and help a little bit.”  

The personal fulfillment that the Claybrooks derive from witnessing the tangible impact of their donations is immeasurable. Their story serves as a testament to the transformative potential of philanthropy when it’s deeply personal and aligned with the causes one deeply cares about. Their journey underscores that making a difference in your community and supporting causes you love is not solely about writing a check; it’s about being an active participant in the change you wish to see. The Claybrooks’ charitable journey serves as an inspiring reminder that anyone can leave a lasting impact on the causes that matter most. 

 Laurelyn Claybrook described using their Donor Advised Fund to give as “not a responsibility, but a complete joy because we were getting to bless people as God has blessed us.” It has allowed them to support Herndon High School’s band (check out an aerial view of their home field!) amongst other organizations.

To hear more from the Claybrooks, visit our DonorStories page to watch the ‘Instill Family Values’ video.

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