Their desire to improve the lives of refugees in the United States led them to the International Rescue Committee and resulted in the legacy they felt compelled to establish here.
Married for more than 40 years, Michael and Carol have been active professionals, community members and humanitarians.
The Taylors' work with refugees began during the Bosnian Civil War when they felt drawn to help refugees who were being resettled in the United States. Partnering with local organizations in Pittsburgh, Michael and Carol began sponsoring refugees, providing financial assistance as well as coordinating education, employment and housing opportunities. "Our goal was to help them become settled, independent and successful within their cultural values," explains Carol. The Taylors still stay in touch with many refugees, whom they now consider friends.
When Michael and Carol began thinking about long-term support and planned giving, they sought out the IRC, because they knew our mission was compatible with their humanitarian beliefs. "The IRC is so global in its work helping people," Carol says, "and the funds they receive are used appropriately."
In addition to their generous donations, Michael and Carol have included a bequest for the IRC in their wills. "We know the IRC is a good place to establish a legacy of helping refugees for a long time to come," Michael says. Together with the IRC, the Taylors' welcoming hearts and immense generosity will help secure a more peaceful future for generations of refugees.