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Gift Planning

Kindness Is Valuable Currency

Meet David Gaab, a CM Volunteer and Donor Whose “Ordinary” Gifts Make an Extraordinary Difference

David Gaab

David works at the Moon Desk on Thursdays to help patient families find their way to appointments and answer any questions they may have.

Helping one’s ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. Ordinary because the desire to help is innate in us all. Extraordinary because not everyone answers the call, but when they do, days are brightened and sometimes, lives are changed.

David Gaab answered. It was just something he had to do.

“I knew I wanted to volunteer, but I didn’t know where,” says David.

During lunch with a friend, David expressed his desire to find the right and perfect place share his time and heart. The friend suggested Children's Mercy. That was three years and 500 volunteer hours ago. In that time, David has served as an inpatient volunteer and today works on the Thursday Moon Desk team at the Adele Hall Campus.

“So many people have touched my heart since volunteering at the hospital. You realize how precious and fragile we all are,” David says.

David’s kindness is valuable currency to his Children’s Mercy teammates who describe him as dependable, kind and thoughtful.

David Gaab“David is an integral part of the Moon Desk team,” says Volunteer and Guest Services Director, Nicki Johnson. “He seems to find authentic joy in giving directions and interacting with families and employees. These might seem like small things, but they can make a big difference in the day of a family who has a sick child.”

And in turn, the families and children David has met have made an impression on his heart. So much so that he recently decided to add the hospital to his estate plan as a beneficiary. He says it was an easy decision and an easy process.

“I have been blessed with a great life and am now fortunate enough to give my time to help others. When I am gone to my forever home, I want some of what I have worked for to benefit these children,” he says.

To learn how to become a volunteer at Children’s Mercy or how to add Children’s Mercy as a beneficiary of your estate plan, contact Phil Watson at (816) 701-4339 or

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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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