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You'll Never Regret It: The Brouse Family

Jon Brouse with his wife, Catie (left); his sister-in-law, Nichole; and her children, Connor and Endsley

Jon Brouse with his wife, Catie (left); his sister-in-law, Nichole; and her children, Connor and Endsley

Improving the health of children is a family affair for the Brouses. Jon, his wife and his sister-in-law are all nurses at Children's Mercy.

Jon cares for surgical patients before, during and after their operations. His wife, Catie, is a nurse in recovery/same-day surgery, and his sister-in-law, Nichole, is a critical care nurse.

Their nursing roles have provided up-close-and-personal views of the daily wonders that take place at Children's Mercy in the lives of many children and families. They've also experienced the compassion and extraordinary care in their own family:

  • Catie's sister, Elizabeth, successfully overcame a Wilms' tumor diagnosis, a rare but treatable cancer of the kidneys in children.
  • Nichole's son, Connor, spent extensive time in the neonatal intensive care unit at an area hospital under the care of Children's Mercy physicians.
  • Nichole's daughter, Endsley, has also been treated at the hospital outpatient clinic for respiratory health concerns.

Why Wait?
Jon wants to pay forward the life-changing care his family has received. That is why, at age 32, Jon has become one of the youngest members of the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll. The Honor Roll consists of donors who have included Children's Mercy in their estate plans.

"I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of the hospital," Jon says. "There's nothing greater than to champion the health and welfare of others, especially children. Children's Mercy is a beacon of light and hope. I've seen the miracles that take place here, both for other families and for my own. I feel honored to be able to help."

Nichole also understands the powerful impact Children's Mercy has on children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. That's what makes Jon's commitment to the Children's Mercy Legacy Honor Roll so gratifying, she says.

"Our entire family sees how important it is to have an exceptional children's hospital in our community," she says. "Jon's gift is going to impact a child's life many years down the road. He's giving back and saying thanks for the amazing care our family has received."

A Bit of Advice
Are you considering including Children's Mercy in your will or other estate plans? Jon has this advice: "Go for it—you'll never regret it." He says, "Our families are the most important gift we have. We owe it to them to honor them through our actions. This is a great way to leave a lasting impression."

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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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Children's Mercy [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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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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