Jan Thalberg

Col. David Uselman and Jan Thalberg

Her Causes

Jan enjoys her life and says she has everything she needs, so when she can help out a friend and support causes she cares about, she does. Her philanthropic interests include Hillsdale College, Jewish life, and the U.S. military. Specific organizations include the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization; and the local Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council. Military interests include the USO and the Disabled Veterans of America.

She has spent many hours on Davis Monthan Air Force Base and became very aware of what our military men and women are doing for our country. She wanted to show her appreciation in some way. Jan took a special interest in our veterans, especially those with service related injuries. Because of this and with encouragement from her friend Col. David Uselman, she recently added the Wounded Warriors Project to her list of philanthropic interests.

A native New Yorker, Jan worked in the fashion industry as a buyer and fashion coordinator in Manhattan’s garment district. She and her husband Bruce moved to Connecticut in 1968 and were in the antique business for many years. When Bruce passed away in 2004, Jan moved to Tucson after her Bronx High School of Science classmate and retired Air Force captain Tom D’Angelo encouraged her to say good-bye to New England’s ice and snow. They traveled through California and the Southwest, enjoying visits with old friends from their high school.

Her Philanthropic Plan

Jan learned about the Center for Planned Giving at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by attending a workshop about charitable gift annuities, which provide donors with an income for life, and then support a donor’s interests forever. Jan set up several annuities, which will benefit her favorite organizations.

The Difference She Makes

She says that the Center for Planned Giving made it very easy for her to ensure a current income and make a difference for others now and forever. Jan appreciates that the organizations she has targeted for her gifts have been vetted by the Foundation and she likes the good feelings she gets by knowing she is making a difference. “To me, it’s the perfect thing to do,” says Jan.

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