December 2018

As the year comes to a close, we reflect on the donors who share our passion for giving back to the community and who make it possible for us to do our work every day. Today, we are featuring longtime Waco Foundation donors, Mr. Arthur (Art) Pertile III and Mrs. Renita King. 

Despite living three hours away, Art and Renita have committed the past 30 years to making Waco an even better city. Art grew up in Midland, while Renita was raised in Houston. Art first joined the Waco community in 1986 to serve as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Waco, but he moved to the Houston area and married Renita in 1990. In 1995, he returned to Waco to serve as First Assistant City Attorney for the City of Waco. 

During his time in Waco, Art was active in the community and volunteered with multiple organizations, coached youth basketball and served on numerous boards. He joined Waco Foundation's Board of Trustees at the beginning of 1997 after he became familiar with the positive impact the Foundation has in the community through his career and community work. 

"My mentor and friend Earl Bracken, Jr. once told me that the true value of a person is determined just like the true value of a tree: by either the fruit it bears or the shade it provides," said Art. "Everyone can provide a little shade for people in the community."

Now, more than 20 years after joining the Waco Foundation board, Art still volunteers as a girls basketball coach in Waco, and the couple has continued to support Waco Foundation regularly through the years. Art and Renita's passion for helping others drives their support for the Waco community, and Waco Foundation is honored to partner with this dedicated couple.  


Keshia Miller, Catherine Haynes Bauer, Jeffrey Viatrius,
Tami Nutall Jefferson and Ashley Bean Thornton

Waco Foundation provided scholarships for graduates of the LeadershipPLENTY® Institute who have demonstrated a commitment to supporting economic and community development efforts to attend the North Texas Strong Towns Gathering in October.

The event provided graduates with an opportunity to learn how to foster development and revitalization while limiting gentrification and neighborhood displacement. LeadershipPLENTY® alumni represented a variety of sectors and leadership positions ranging from real estate brokerage, small business ownership, nonprofit and education. Attendees had the opportunity to build relationships with developers and civic leaders from across Texas, and to hear from engineers, city council members and national organizations that are focused on design and policy to support responsible, healthy development. 

Catherine Bauer, Waco Foundation's Director of Leadership Development & Engagement, facilitated the trip to Plano, Texas.

"Attending the Strong Towns gathering was an excellent opportunity for five LeadershipPLENTY® alumni to learn methods for supporting a model of development that enables communities like Waco to become financially strong and resilient," said Catherine. "Alumni had the opportunity to network with representatives from other communities and to learn strategies for shaping local decisions and creating positive change."

The LeadershipPLENTY® Institute is currently in its eighth round, and current participants have attended five modules focused on finding the leader within, identifying community assets, building strategic partnerships, managing groups for results and making meetings work better. 

Wrap up your holiday season with a gift for everyone. As we look to the end of the year, Waco Foundation would like to remind you about the popular Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Charitable Rollover provision that was made permanent in 2015, which means donors can take advantage of this giving vehicle at any time throughout the year. This provision allows individuals who have reached age 70 ½ to donate up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a public charity. The donor is then able to exclude the direct rollover from taxable income. This provision is a popular way to make year-end gifts and satisfy IRA minimum distribution requirements without affecting taxable income.
Waco Foundation is able to accept IRA Charitable Rollovers and distribute the funds directly to the organization(s) you recommend. Additionally, Waco Foundation manages funds that can benefit from IRA Charitable Rollovers including the MAC College Money Program Fund, which provides all McLennan County high school students with an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial circumstances.
For more information about the IRA Charitable Rollover or to find out if it is a good option for you, contact Natalie Kelinske, Director of Communications & Donor Services, at 254.754.3404 or

In This Issue


Betsy Daniels,
Receptionist & Development Assistant

Favorite Quote:
"Any definition of a successful life must include service to others."
-President George H.W. Bush

Why I Do What I Do: 
I have always had such an admiration for my father. In his professional career and as a community leader of my hometown, my father for as long as I can remember has selflessly served the community he loves so dearly. His passion for giving back has always inspired me, and truly encouraged me to want to do the same.

My Latest Accomplishment: 
My latest accomplishment is hands down joining the team at Waco Foundation. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such outstanding individuals who work so hard to make our community a better place.

One Trend I See:
The people of Waco are passionate about their town. There is a contagious spirit about all of the wonderful things happening in the city.

Music Genre I Listen to the Most: 
Country music

Favorite Hobby: 
I love spending time with my family and friends. Especially our two children, Margaret and Archer. 

Annual Report
Check out Waco Foundation's 60th Anniversary Annual Report to learn more about the Foundation's work in the community.
Tune in to December's Giving Connection featuring Brian Bivona of Jaynes Reitmeier Boyd & Therrell P.C. interviewed by Rachel Hobbs, Waco Foundation's Planned Giving Coordinator. The two discuss year-end giving.

Contact Us
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Fax: 254.753.2887
1227 N Valley Mills Dr.
Suite 235
Waco, Texas 76710

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