We encourage our donors and friends to consider the many benefits of planned or deferred giving. As you look over the brief descriptions that follow, you will note that including Holy Cross Hospital in your estate and financial planning can allow you to fulfill your long-term philanthropic goals while realizing important benefits for yourself, your family, and/or your business.
Planned giving requires more careful deliberation because it involves making a gift from your assets: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, retirement accounts, life insurance policies and real estate or personal property (such as jewelry and art). In addition, many types of planned gifts provide immediate or deferred benefits to you or your heirs so we encourage you to speak with your professional advisors before committing to a planned gift.
Our professional staff is available to help you or your financial and legal advisors identify the most advantageous ways for you to make your contribution. Whatever type of planned gift works best in your personal circumstances; know first and foremost that your gift allows you to be a lasting partner in the Holy Cross Hospital mission and legacy.
Persons making charitable bequests or other types of deferred gifts automatically become members of the Guardian Circle of Holy Cross Hospital, our recognition society. Please tell us when you have made a planned gift to the hospital so we can add your name to our growing list of forward-thinking donors.
Contact our offices at 301-754-7139 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Bequests: Your Last Gift May Be Your Biggest Gift
Many people can make a more significant gift through their will or living trust than they can during their lifetime.
Charitable bequests don't cost you anything and can be revoked or changed while you are alive. You can specify that Holy Cross Hospital receives a specific dollar amount, specific securities or other property, a specific percentage of your estate, or as is typical of charitable bequests, a portion of whatever remains after other specific bequests have been satisfied. In addition, your estate is reduced by the full amount of your charitable contribution.
Our full legal name and address for this purpose is:
Holy Cross Hospital Foundation of Silver Spring
11801 Tech Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Add Holy Cross Hospital to your will or estate plan by filling out our declaration of intent.
Charitable Gift Annuities
Using appreciated securities or cash to fund a charitable gift annuity provides very meaningful benefits to the donor because a percentage of your gift is paid back to you each year for the rest of your life.
It's a simple agreement between you and Holy Cross-Hospital whereby your give cash or stock in exchange for a charitable gift annuity. Based upon your age and the date of the gift, the Holy Cross Hospital Foundation will agree to pay you between 5 and 9 percent of the gift value for your (or your and another person's) life. The tax benefits include:
- No capital gains taxes on gifts of appreciated stock
- Partial tax free payments
- Guaranteed payments for life
- Significant gift to benefit Holy Cross Hospital
Find out more about the tax and financial benefits of a charitable gift annuity and to request a free, personalized and confidential illustration.
Other Types of Current/Deferred or Planned Gifts
Life Estate Reserved
Persons may donate their home or vacation home to Holy Cross Hospital but reserve the right to live in the donated property for the rest of your life, or the life of another person. You receive an income tax deduction in the year of the gift plus additional benefits. Should you decide later that you no longer wish to occupy the property, you can either give or sell your real estate interest to Holy Cross Hospital for additional tax benefits.
You can make a significant contribution to Holy Cross Hospital without a large impact on your current financial situation by naming us as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy. If you make Holy Cross Hospital the owner of the policy, you may also receive a current income tax deduction equal to the policy's cash surrender value. And if you continue to pay premiums on the policy, you may receive an additional tax deduction for those payments.
Qualified retirement plans, such as defined-benefit plans, profit-sharing plans, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, Keogh accounts, and individual retirement accounts (IRAs), receive favorable income tax treatment while funds remain in the plan. Upon distribution to the owner or transfer after death, however, these assets are taxed heavily under both the income and estate tax systems.
When you name a qualified charity, such as Holy Cross Hospital, as beneficiary of funds in your retirement account, that amount is fully deductible for estate tax purposes. In addition, a charity is not subject to IRD (income in respect of a decedent) taxes. In short, naming one or more charities as a beneficiary under your retirement account will ensure that the full, fair market value of these assets is used to fulfill your charitable intent, which leaves other assets not subject to IRD to benefit your other beneficiaries. Ask your plan administrator for a "change of beneficiary" form, which will allow you to list Holy Cross Hospital as a first, second or final beneficiary of a fixed percentage of the account.
Under current law, retirement funds cannot be transferred directly to a charity during the owner's lifetime without payment of income taxes. In some cases, such as during the current window of time provided through the Pension Protection Act, one can donate specific amounts from their retirement plans/IRAs, providing they meet certain requirements. Please contact us if we can provide you with more detail.
Bank Account in Trust
You can make a ‘cash bequest' too by opening or titling an existing bank or brokerage account or certificate of deposit in trust for Holy Cross Hospital. These are sometimes known as "payable on death" or "transfer on death" accounts. You retain complete control over the funds or assets in the account while you are living (and for this reason there is no current income tax deduction). What ever remains in the account at your death is transferred automatically to Holy Cross Hospital without going through probate, and your estate receives a charitable deduction for the gift.
Charitable trusts are one way that you may receive income for life or a term of years in exchange for a donation to one or more charitable beneficiaries. As part of a well thought out estate plan under the supervision of tax, estate and financial counsel, the benefits to all parties can be very rewarding.
- Charitable trusts can minimize capital gains or inheritance taxes for you or your heirs
- They can provide for a sizeable deferred gift to one or more charities
- You may fund charitable trusts with cash, securities, real estate, retirement funds, business interests, and other assets.
A charitable remainder trust, in general:
- Is a form of giving that may be established either during your lifetime or upon your death (as a testamentary trust).
- The trust holds assets that you have contributed and pays you and/or another designated income beneficiary a fixed or variable income depending on the type of trust you establish.
- You receive a current income tax deduction based on the present value of the remainder charitable interest, and the asset is removed from your estate.
- While your contribution to the trust is irrevocable, you may change charitable beneficiaries if you reserve the right to do so.
- Upon the death of the last income beneficiary, the trust corpus (remainder) is available to the named charity or charities.
A charitable lead trust, in general:
- Provides income to one or more charities for a fixed period of years or the lives of specified individuals
- The remainder is distributed back to the donor or other heirs after payments to charity have ceased.
While our professional staff is always available to assist you with charitable gift planning, it is important that you consult with your own tax, financial and legal counsel before making a planned or deferred gift. Please let us know if we can provide referrals to local experts in these areas.
For more information, please contact the Holy Cross Hospital Foundation office at 301-754-7130.