Submitted by the Oswego Rotary Club
Rotarian Randy Zeigler introduced Mark Slayton, CPA, at a recent Oswego Rotary Club meeting at Patz on the River. After 14 years in public accounting, primarily serving privately held businesses, Slayton, in 2000, assumed the position of Director of Finance for SUNY Oswego’s College Foundation and Alumni Association. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Oswego Hospital and as a member of the Audit Committee of Oswego Health and the Leave A Legacy Committee of Oswego County.
Slayton spoke about the Leave A Legacy program – a community-based program designed to help people learn about charitable giving through their wills or estate plans. Leave A Legacy is a cooperative effort aimed at educating community members and legal and professional advisors on the importance and impact of planned charitable giving efforts in Oswego County. In fact, according to Slayton its primary objective is to raise public awareness of the importance of planned giving and to increase the number of planned charitable gifts made in Oswego County. This purely volunteer organization was formed approximately 10 years ago, and uses television, radio, print, and direct mail plus a number of educational presentations to spread its message. One interesting fact Slayton shared is that although approximately 40% of the population gives to charities of one type or another, only about 8% include charities in their wills. He also emphasized that one does not have to be wealthy in order to participate. Further information about this organization may be found at: http://www.oswegoleavealegacy.org/members.htm.