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Benjamin Curtis

Benjamin Curtis

"I don't think anyone can truly appreciate how state-of-the-art Le Bonheur is now unless they had been in the old facility," said Le Bonheur donor Phoebe Miller. "The new hospital, especially the cardiac unit, is just incredible."

Phoebe and her husband Dan easily recognized the advancements in the medical technology now available to Le Bonheur patients after touring the hospital last year. Their grandson, Benjamin, was born with unsuspected critical heart complications including transposition of the great arteries with VSD (ventricular septal defect) and pulmonary stenosis.

He was airlifted from his birthing hospital to Le Bonheur and underwent cardiac catheterization when he was only eight hours old. Le Bonheur diagnosed his problem and saved his life in 2006, long before the new Le Bonheur was built.

"It was very scary for all of us," said Phoebe. "Benjamin was such a tiny little thing. We were so blessed to have wonderful physicians who knew what do for him."

Benjamin required additional surgery and Le Bonheur referred him for further treatment to another facility.

Today, Benjamin is a thriving 7-year-old who continues to receive his follow up care at Le Bonheur. "You'd never know he had been ill," Phoebe said. With much gratitude for having saved Benjamin's life, the Millers made a gift to the hospital in Benjamin's honor and also have made a commitment to name Le Bonheur a designated beneficiary of Dan's retirement plan.

"Now that Le Bonheur has a new Heart Institute, Benjamin can have his checkups here," said Phoebe. "To have been in the hospital then and to now see the new cardiac unit with the soft lights, playing classical music and larger patient rooms is wonderful. The fact that Le Bonheur has made this huge effort to provide this level of care inspired us to want to see this progress continue. We hope our gift will help Le Bonheur to continue growing and improving to meet the needs of children in all areas of the hospital.

"It's important for the community to pull together to support Le Bonheur as a valuable asset," Phoebe continued. "We hope our story will encourage others to give and support Le Bonheur either through an outright gift now or as a beneficiary in their will. Le Bonheur is a blessing for Memphis and to the Mid-South as well."

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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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