By Janet Doolin, The Kempe Foundation
Dr. Lynn and Lisa Taussig have been champions for children and families for many years. The Taussigs support the important mission of The Kempe Center and The Kempe Foundation. We are proud to have them as part of our Kempe Family.
In 1969 and 1970, Lynn was a Pediatric Resident under Dr. C. Henry Kempe, who trained Lynn in a ground-breaking program to recognize child abuse and neglect. Because of his fundraising experience and expertise as CEO of National Jewish Health, he has over the years met with Foundation’s board leadership to advise them on fundraising strategies.
Lisa has also been deeply involved, starting with volunteering in the Therapeutic Preschool in 1993. Shortly thereafter, she was asked to become a member of The Kempe Foundation’s Board of Directors and has remained active on the board since then, while continuing volunteer work at the preschool until it closed in 2011.
“I have fond recollections of my early years volunteering at The Kempe Center when it was located on Oneida Street in Denver in a home that was once a convent,” Lisa said. “It was small and we were bursting at the seams—but it was filled with love for children, and the smell of home-baked cookies. The Kempe Center has now grown exponentially with a number of new programs, serving many more children and families. To accommodate our growing needs, we needed to move to a much larger facility and now we are adjacent to Children’s Hospital Colorado.“
Lisa said she and Lynn both agree that it was an exciting time to be a part of Kempe: “To see where we have come from and to look now to the future—we hope to make a real difference in the lives of many children by helping to support prevention, treatment, education and research in the field of child abuse and neglect. We continue to support the Center and Foundation because of the excellent work they do in addressing the very serious and prevalent problem of child abuse and neglect so that these children may live full and productive lives.”
The Kempe Foundation is so grateful for the Taussig’s unfailing support and conviction. As Charter Members of The Kempe Society—honoring donors who have named the Foundation in their estate plans—we hope their example will lead the way for others in the process of planning their estates and remembering The Kempe Foundation in their will or other estate plans.