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Clint Trusty


Clint Trusty with Le Bonheur Children’s patient Kaleb Brown

Clint Trusty had never set foot inside a children's hospital before he visited Le Bonheur more than 15 years ago. Now he sets foot inside Le Bonheur four days a week for a four-hour shift each visit, 52 weeks a year.

Le Bonheur's Special Care Unit (SCU) is the focus of Clint's volunteer work. "If it weren't for Clint, the unit would fall apart!" jokes Shirley Greer. "Clint is the SCU's backbone."

Because of his experiences at Le Bonheur and his support of the hospital's mission, Clint has named Le Bonheur as the sole beneficiary of his estate.

"Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center not only serves Memphis, it serves the surrounding territory for miles," Clint said. "To see the children come in fighting for life, and to see them go home healthy, is very satisfying. To think you had a little something to do with it, that's extreme satisfaction."

Reared in a small farming community in Nebraska, Clint moved to California at age 14 and lived there for 40 years. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, then served as a senior materials analyst with Continental Airlines. A similar job with FedEx brought Clint to Memphis in 1983.

A bachelor, Clint has always enjoyed working with and on behalf of children. When he retired from FedEx in 1993, Clint knew he wasn't the type to just "go home and sit." Ready to begin the next phase of his life, he picked up the phone and called the Le Bonheur Foundation.

"Technically, I didn't know a thing about Le Bonheur except that it existed to help children," Clint said. "But I had already decided that Le Bonheur would be the recipient of my estate."

As the "backbone" of the Special Care unit, Clint stays busy doing whatever he is asked to do. He has changed his share of diapers through the years, and he hugs, rocks, and sings to the little ones. If any of the unit's Patient Care Coordinators need help preparing formula or with feeding, Clint is up for the task.

In 2003, Clint received the Methodist Healthcare Living Award. In 2005, Le Bonheur presented him with an award recognizing his 10,000 hours of volunteer service.

Reflecting on his planned gift to Le Bonheur, Clint said, "I believe my contributions will be used by Le Bonheur in a very meaningful manner. I encourage others to consider leaving their assets where they will be put to good use. In my opinion, that place is Le Bonheur."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 850 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

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tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital where you agree to make a gift to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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