Create a supporting organization while living, support it with bequest and real estate gifts after lifetime.
Viola Wellik was a prominent and civic-minded citizen who loved the Wickenburg community where she and her husband George owned and operated the Flying E Ranch, a working cattle ranch. In 1998, Viola created The Wellik Foundation as a supporting organization of the Arizona Community Foundation.
She began making annual charitable gifts to the fund while also planning for its future through her end-of life documents. Her goal for The Wellik Foundation was to preserve the values and traditions of small-town culture in Wickenburg.
Upon her passing in 2004, The Wellik Foundation received the bulk of her estate which included several properties, the Flying E Ranch among them. Viola's bequest resulted in a significant philanthropic endowment to ensure the Wickenburg community she so loved has a continuous source of funding to help address current and emerging needs. The Wellik Foundation continues to award grants year after year in the Wickenburg area for a variety of organizations and causes dear to its namesake's heart.