Join the Legacy Society

 Established in 2016, the Robert F. Kraemer Society honors Mr. Kraemer’s dedication to Springbrook’s mission and his lifetime of quiet compassion and commitment. Members of the Kraemer Legacy Society believe, as Mr. Kraemer did, in the power of possibility—the possibility of a world where, with patience, support, and time, every person can reach his or her true potential. Membership in the Society is conferred upon individuals who have committed to the long-term future of Springbrook through a legacy or endowment gift.

Mr. Robert F. Kraemer, a barber from Esperance, NY was a dedicated Springbrook supporter, making regular gifts to the Annual Fund for years during his lifetime—his way of showing support for Springbrook’s principles of compassion, independence, and possibility. In his younger years, Mr. Kraemer had been a custodian at IBM and while there he chose to purchase shares of the company’s stock—his way of showing his pride in his work and the positive impact that IBM had on surrounding community. It was that same motivation, to make a positive change in the community, that lead Mr. Kraemer to give week-after-week to his church, which supported Springbrook (then Upstate Baptist Home for Children and Adults). Even after his church closed, Mr. Kraemer continued his annual gifts to Springbrook. When he passed away in 2005, Mr. Robert F. Kraemer, Barber, and former custodian left Springbrook what is still one of our largest gifts to date, a $2 million trust. Rather than sell his IBM stock during his lifetime—for personal use or charitable contributions—Mr. Kraemer saw the potential, the possibility of what he could do with patience and time. He reinvested all of his stock dividends year-after-year, planned ahead, and placed the portfolio into a living trust. The proceeds from Mr. Kraemer’s trust have been used to expand our School program with specialized services to children with autism and have allowed Springbrook the flexibility to grow in ways that would not have been possible.



“I believe in the mission of Springbrook—to serve the needs of people with disabilities for a lifetime—and I would like to see Springbrook become a national leader in the field, to continue to be an organization that serves as a model to others. Springbrook supports a population that deserves the best we can offer, and they do it with love and joy. Change and progress are the norms for Springbrook, yet they have never forgotten their American Baptist roots, and that is important to me. For my husband and I, our faith, our family, and children are of greatest importance. We are honored that Springbrook will be part of our legacy.”


Springbrook encourages you to help build upon our accomplishments through membership in the Kraemer Legacy Society. If you have included Springbrook in your plans or created an endowment for its support, you qualify for membership. Please join us by making a gift to Springbrook through your:

  • Will or Living Trust
  • Retirement Plan
  • Life insurance policy
  • Special Needs Trust
  • Payable on death account
  • Donor advised fund, or
  • Springbrook Pooled Trust

Or through other legacy gifts such as:

  • Charitable remainder trusts, or
  • Charitable lead trusts


Stacey Grady, CFRE
Director of Development
607.286.7171 Ex.283

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