Never one to sit idly by, Dianne Wheatley-Giliotti has made an impact on the League of Women Voters as a local president, state president and national board member. In the 1970s, she asked, "How can we meet the needs of members?"
While this marketing approach is standard today, it was unusual in that era. Dianne was always thinking of ways to improve the organization and its processes.
When local companies refused to hold voter registration drives on their premises, Dianne hosted drives at malls and football games instead. There were also big moments of success, such as when the League won a lawsuit against Florida's Secretary of State over third-party registration.
Dianne downplays her impressive track record.
"I was raised to believe that if you can give back your time, money or skills, you do," she says.
This is coming from someone who was homeless as a teenager and who attended college on scholarships.
"I received help along the way," she says. "So I want to continue to help others."
One way she has done this is by including a bequest—a gift in her estate plan—to the League. Dianne is hopeful she can inspire others to do the same.
"People think a bequest has to be six or seven figures, but that's not the case at all," she says. "You don't have to give a lot to make a difference."
Like Dianne, you can use your estate plan to make a meaningful gift to the League. Learn more by contacting Emily Yost at 202-263-1352 or EYost@lwv.org.