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Passion with a Purpose

Montie and Marge TrippMontie and Marge Tripp's grandson, Brendan, was born with liver disease. Throughout Brendan's young life, his condition deteriorated where he wasn't growing like he should be and he needed a feeding tube. Children's Mercy performed a liver transplant when he was 10 years old around Christmas in 2012.

"It was the best Christmas present our family has ever received," Montie says. "Brendan's medical team was skilled, caring, compassionate and simply phenomenal. The first year after the transplant, Brendan gained a much-needed 30 pounds and grew six or seven inches. He began to thrive."

Brendan is now an accomplished runner and singer in high school. Last summer, he even competed and won six medals in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, which brings transplant and donor families together to compete in various events and promote organ donation. Most importantly, Brendan is now healthy.

Making an Impact

The Tripps have given back to Children's Mercy in a variety of ways, including creating nursing scholarships, supporting the chaplaincy program, building expansions and equipment upgrades and funding a Jack Daniel Liver Care Chair—a major giving commitment—so advances can be made in liver care.

"Our family is so thankful for not only the incredible surgeons and doctors, but also for Brendan's nurses, who impressed us so much," Montie says. "Something else that touched us was how the hospital's chaplaincy services worked with the donor families. How they deal with those situations every day is pretty miraculous."

How to Give

If you are planning a gift to benefit Children's Mercy, please let our Philanthropy team know. This helps the hospital plan for the future of the organization, and recognize and engage donors. Planned giving can come in many forms, such as creating an endowment, or giving through a will, trust, life insurance, retirement account or estate plan.

Feel free to share with others this insight from the Tripp family: "Make the hospital aware of your giving plans. There are so many ways to make a difference. You may be surprised what you can contribute now, and see the impact your kindness can have on children and their families. If you can't contribute monetarily, there are other ways to give, like donating your time. Babies need to be held. Parents need consoling. Families need warm meals and help finding where to go. The possibilities are endless. It feels good to give."

Need More Information?

Want to make a gift to Children's Mercy but don't know where to begin? Contact Phil Watson at (816) 701-4339 or pawatson@cmh.edu to get started.

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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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