Giving to HSS

A Class Act

Peter HaringWilson Society member Peter Haring Judd, PhD, has said that from the moment he walked through the doors at Hospital for Special Surgery, he knew he was in the right place to receive exceptional care. "Special Surgery is truly a class act," he remarked. "Everyone who cared for me was considerate and knowledgeable."

So impressed was Dr. Judd that he has named the Hospital as a beneficiary of his IRA. "Donating the proceeds of an IRA is a most cost effective way to make a bequest," he said. "It doesn't involve redrafting my will, and I will avoid taxes that would otherwise be imposed on the account."

An avid hiker, Dr. Judd first came to HSS three years ago for hip replacement surgery with Dr. Michael M. Alexiades. "Dr. Alexiades was very thoughtful and clear in explaining the details of my surgery," he said. The successful operation eliminated the crippling pain that Dr. Judd says he endured for many years before the surgery. "I can once again enjoy 15 to 20 mile hikes—something that I wouldn't even have attempted in recent years," says the Manhattan resident.

Born in Connecticut, Dr. Judd received an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University. He established a career in the energy industry, where he remained for nearly 40 years. In retirement, Dr. Judd is a member of Actors Equity and appears in the theater. He enjoys research and is the author of two prize-winning books in which he describes in historical context the experiences of his forebears.

The Wilson Society welcomed Dr. Judd in 2005. "I've gained so much from this fine New York institution; it only makes sense to recognize it in this important way."


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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Hospital for Special Surgery 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 Hospital for Special Surgery, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, 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 HSS 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 HSS 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 HSS 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 HSS where you agree to make a gift to HSS 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.

A codicil is a document that is used to make changes to a will that has already been created.

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