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Jim and Betty Anderson

The Ties That Bind

As they navigated their illnesses, Jim and Betty grew close to Dr. Veeramachaneni and his wife, Deepika Polineni, MD, a pulmonary specialist at The University of Kansas Health System. "Jim and Betty have taught us so many things about marriage, children and life in general," said Dr. Polineni. Read More

Niles and Lindsay Jager

Couple Looks To The Past As They Help Us Plan For the Future

Kansas City has a special place in the hearts of Niles and Lindsay Jager. Their local ties, family traditions and experiences led them to make a gift that will make a lasting impact. Read More

Linda Campbell

A Testament to Life’s Struggles

Linda Campbell, MD, describes her late husband, Bob, as a “plucky soul.” From a young age, he faced every obstacle with dogged determination. Whether his boots were on the ground in Vietnam or his body was failing him due to several illnesses, Bob found a way to get through each day with dignity. Read More

Greg Vranicar

Practicing What He Preaches

Anderson Xavier Vranicar, born Oct. 10, 2017, is the newest branch of a family rooted in kindness, generosity and a thirst for knowledge. His great grandparents cultivated these values, and his doting grandfather Greg nurtured them into a Vranicar family tradition. Read More

Anna Adams

Daughter Learns How to Live — and Give

Anna Adams dearly misses her mom and dad, Lou and Travis Adams. They were kind, hard-working and generous role models when she was growing up. As an adult, Anna continued to learn from their example even though they were separated by hundreds of miles. Read More

Don Cannon

Physician Caps Remarkable Career With Generous Planned Gift

When he and his wife each struggled with illness, Don Cannon, a retired, accomplished physician, sought the specialized medical care offered at The University of Kansas Health System. The high quality of care he and his wife received inspired Don to ensure that future patients receive the same. Read More

Yowell Family

Family Creates Legacy of Paying It Forward

Jordan Yowell, 16, inherited a charming smile, an outgoing personality, a love of sports and a passion for the outdoors from her parents, Jeff and Mindy. Now, they hope to pass along another wonderful trait: a dedication to philanthropy. Read More

Hipp Family

Twice the gratitude.

Ashleigh and Brian Hipp couldn't wait to start a family. Like many first-time parents, they imagined an uneventful pregnancy, easy delivery and joyful homecoming. But their dreams were put on hold when Ashleigh began to experience pregnancy complications. Read More

Doug and Melanie Simpson

Couple Shares Passion for Nursing

As Doug and Melanie Simpson, RN, PhD, revised their will, they wanted to create a meaningful legacy. When they thought about their shared passions, they quickly agreed — they decided to provide professional education for nurses at The University of Kansas Health System. Read More

Lou Eisenbrandt

Living, Giving and Thriving

Lou Eisenbrandt, 69, is an overachiever. The wife, mother and grandmother from Overland Park is also a retired nurse, humanitarian, philanthropist, author and veteran. Read More


A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The University of Kansas Health System 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 (or bequeath) to KU Endowment, a nonprofit corporation in Lawrence, Kansas, the sum of $_______ (OR the following described property, OR a percent of the residue of my estate) for the benefit of The University of Kansas Health System to be used for the area of greatest need as recommended by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the hospital.

able to be changed or cancelled

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.

cannot be changed or cancelled

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 The University of Kansas Health System 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 The University of Kansas Health System 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 The University of Kansas Health System 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 The University of Kansas Health System where you agree to make a gift to The University of Kansas Health System 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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