A philanthropic family - Richland County Foundation

A philanthropic family

By Maura Teynor

April 1, 2024

(Photo: Katie, Leah, Kristine, and Todd Lindeman)

Todd and Kristine Lindeman want to use their newly created donor-advised fund at the Richland County Foundation to help improve the community.

“Philanthropy is part of our family DNA. Our daughters, Katie, and Leah, hear us talking about giving back. It will be exciting to get them involved in the decision-making process.”

Donor-advised funds are convenient, flexible tools for individuals, families, or businesses that want to be personally involved in suggesting grant awards made possible by their gifts.

Todd and Kristine own Alumni Roofing Company Inc., a commercial/industrial roofing company serving the region for 25 years. Todd has worked in the construction industry since graduating high school.

“We need to be able to attract qualified employees. Being able to assist organizations that are educating and supporting our skilled trades workforce is important to us. The fund will give us a way to give back to an industry that has been very good to us,” said Todd.

Kristine has been involved at the Foundation for several years.

She was instrumental in establishing the Compassion in Action Fund at the Foundation when the nonprofit board decided to sunset the organization. They felt a fund at the Foundation could continue to execute the goals of the nonprofit through grants. Compassion in Action started in 2012 to help a Clear Fork School family with medical bills. After that, the nonprofit hosted several more benefits to help families in similar situations.

She was a member of the Women’s Fund for six years and served as Chairwoman. The mission of the Women’s Fund is to empower women and girls. During her tenure, she helped lead a childcare initiative to improve the quality of childcare in the county and make it affordable and accessible. She also played an integral role in an endowment campaign to raise money to take the fund over the two-million-dollar mark. She remains a strong advocate for the Women’s Fund as an ex-officio member.

“Our philosophy is to leave it better than we found it,” said Kristine.

“We have enjoyed getting to know the Foundation and what it does, and we trust the organization,” said Kristine.

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