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A Gift to Children's Mercy South

Leone Stinehour was born Edna "Leone" Cross on May 6, 1918. She grew up on a dairy farm in Mission, Kansas, and delivered milk to the first three homes in Mission when she was only 6 years old. She graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School (now known as Shawnee Mission North) and went on to be a court reporter until she enlisted in the Navy WAVES in 1942. On January 23, 1944, she married Louis Freeman Stinehour and they had one son, Robert.

Robert was born with mental and physical disabilities, but Leone couldn't have loved him more. Leone was dedicated to nurturing and caring for him. She saw to it that Robert was educated and graduated from high school. He grew to be a brave, peaceful man despite his many illnesses and physical stresses. Leone understood the importance of preparing for the future, especially with a special needs child to care for.

Sadly, Leone's husband Lou and son Robert both died in 1984. When it came time for Leone to make out her estate plan, she knew she wanted to give the bulk of her wealth to charity. While living, Leone was a very generous person and it would be no different upon her death. Leone knew she wanted a children's hospital to be one of the beneficiaries. With the guidance of a close friend, Doug Kaploe, she decided Children's Mercy would be one of three charities to benefit from her estate.

Leone never mentioned to Doug whether or not Robert had ever received care at Children's Mercy, but she trusted Doug's commitment to the hospital and his belief that Children's Mercy would be good stewards of the gift. Doug, a hospital volunteer since 1992, shared his experiences as a volunteer with Leone and she wanted to become a volunteer at the hospital herself. Unfortunately, her health kept her from ever doing so.

Leone's grandfather, Franklin Cross, had purchased land from a Shawnee Indian, John Prophet, in 1857. A large part of that land is now the city of Mission. A mural depicting that exchange of land ownership hangs in the Mission City Hall today. Because of Leone's deep roots in Kansas, she decided to designate her gift for Children's Mercy South in Overland Park.

When children and their families visit the Urgent Care Center at Children's Mercy South, they will see those roots continuing to grow in Kansas. In honor of Leone's gift to Children's Mercy South, the waiting room in Urgent Care bears her name.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Children's Mercy 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 Children's Mercy, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Kansas City, MO, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Children's Mercy 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 Children's Mercy 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 Children's Mercy 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 Children's Mercy where you agree to make a gift to Children's Mercy 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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