Diana and Darrin Witte
After Diana Witte’s boys began middle school, Diana launched into volunteer work. She’d raised and protected her two beautiful sons for 13 years . Now she sought a new way to continue that care for children through a local charity.
Diana researched several organizations before choosing to volunteer at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. She liked that keeping parents near their hospitalized child meant “the parents – and the siblings – are cared for too.” It was important to her that no one be left out of that circle of care.
It’s important to give not only our time, but also financial support to causes we believe in.
After six months of stellar volunteer work, Diana joined our staff. She’s now been with us for over five years. Diana and her husband, Darrin, are Charter Members of our Many Hearts Legacy Society*. Remarking on their choice , Diana said, “It’s important to give not only our time, but also financial support to causes we believe in.”
The Wittes’ sons, Drew and Nate, began volunteering as well. In total, the whole family’s served at more than 20 charities since 2014. The result: an increased sense of commitment to their community.
The Wittes' sons, Drew and Nate.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego ultimately became the Wittes’ charity of choice. Diana and Darrin recognized that not only the vital support of volunteers, but financial donations as well, would help new families continue to find comfort and relief at the House.
The Wittes generously set up a donor-advised fund. It recommends grants to the House that benefit our families. After the Wittes’ passing, its remaining funds will help future generations of families at our House.
A Family Tradition
Every November, Drew and Nate each select a charity to support through their family’s donor-advised fund. After volunteering for several nonprofits, Nate chose San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House. He included this thoughtful message with his gift: “Thank you for taking care of families during the holidays.”
The Wittes’ many levels of commitment will help future generations of families find a peaceful retreat at the House during their child’s hospitalization. We’re truly grateful for the compassion and forward thinking of this special family!
The Witte Family at Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego
*Charter Membership for the Many Hearts Legacy Society closes May 31, 2019.
Starting a Donor-Advised Fund
Donor-advised funds typically can be set up and begin granting funds to qualified charities in one to two days.
- Beyond the donor’s initial contribution, there usually are no start-up fees.
- If they itemize, the donor will receive an income tax deduction for the amount of their initial contribution.
To Get Started:
- Identify a sponsoring organization that supports both your interests and the type of asset you’re considering as a funding source.
- Know the organization's policies and procedures — from minimum contributions to administrative fees.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- Contact Charles Day at 858-598-2420 or email@example.com to discuss using donor-advised funds to support the House and our mission.
If you include the House in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID:
Legal Name: Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, Inc.
Address: 2929 Children's Way, San Diego, CA 92123
Federal Tax ID Number: 95-3251490
Did You Know?
- Contributions to donor-advised funds are deductible up to 60% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash, and up to 30% for appreciated assets. If making the same contributions to a private foundation, deductions from your AGI are limited to only 30% and 20%, respectively. These deductions are available if you itemize your deductions.
- Donor-advised funds don’t incur the 1-2% tax on net investment income that applies to private foundations.