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There's No Place Like Home

John and Tina LeeArticle featured in Spring 2012 Donor Report

To say that John and Tina Lee love all things Frederick would be an understatement. This energetic couple, who are both parents and grandparents, are involved in a variety of Frederick-based activities and volunteer projects. In addition, both feel fortunate to live and work in their hometown: Tina as a branch manager at Woodsboro Bank's Downtown Frederick office, and John as a medical assistant for the Frederick Regional Health System.

Many local organizations receive the benefit of John and Tina's time, but the two have made a decision to channel the vast majority of their charitable giving to Frederick Memorial Hospital.

"There are a lot of deserving organizations out there," explains John, "but the hospital is one we absolutely could not do without. FMH touches just about everyone in one way or another. I feel it's important for those of us who can to do what we can to help them grow and maintain a high quality of care."

"We like being able to see where our contributions are going," adds Tina. "It's good to see our donations being converted into things like The Women's Center (at FMH Crestwood) and the expanded heart program at FMH. We're not the hospitals biggest donors, but we feel that if a lot of people do a little, we'll get there."

John and Tina are members of The 1902 Club at the Silver Level, and John, because he is an FMH employee, is also a member of ACE (A Caring Employee). Because he takes advantage of the payroll deduction plan, the couple say they don't even feel the contribution-but it adds up considerably over time in terms of benefit to the hospital.

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

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"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Frederick Regional Health System [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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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 FMH 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 FMH 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 FMH 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 FMH where you agree to make a gift to FMH 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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