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Keeping a Memory Alive

ConnorsChildren's Mercy Welcomes Blish and Michael Connor to the Children's Legacy Honor Roll

At Children's Mercy, we are very fortunate to have forward-thinking donors who want to make sure the mission of Mercy continues well into the future. These special donors are members of the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll.

Recently, Blish and Michael Connor made the decision to execute an estate plan and include the Cooper Connor Endowed Fund for Pulmonary Research at Children's Mercy as a beneficiary. This special fund is named in memory of their son Cooper. By including the fund, they believe this will help keep Cooper's memory alive and help kids well into the future, if not forever.

While Children's Mercy is extremely appreciative of their intent, it was surprising to learn of their plan because of their young age. According to Blish, the unimaginable experience of losing Cooper at only nine months old made them more aware of how life doesn't always work out as planned. So, with two young children to plan for, they made an appointment with an attorney who specializes in estate planning. Now they have their affairs in order and have piece of mind should the unthinkable occur.

As time goes on, they know they can revisit their will and trust and make updates as necessary. They believe their commitment to Children's Mercy, in particular the Cooper Connor Endowed Fund for Pulmonary Research, is strong and they are pleased to think about supporting it 60 plus years in the future.

As Blish and Michael continue to grow the Cooper Connor Endowed Fund for Pulmonary Research, we look to the future and say thank you for taking the steps to help ensure its presence for several years to come. It is a privilege to welcome Blish and Michael to the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll.

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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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