Giving to HSS

There is No Greater Gift

"Early on, I learned about the great gift a surgeon can give a growing person, and how exceptional HSS is."

Mary Waldron

From left to right: Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Thomas P. Sulco, Mary Waldron, Chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service Dr. Mark P. Figgie, and Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Todd J. Albert, celebrating the investiture of Dr. Figgie into the Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis.

"I can't think of a greater gift than someone transforming you."
—Mary Waldron

Mary Waldron understands the impact the right medical care can have. Her visits to HSS began at age 15, and started her lifelong relationship with the Hospital. "It's been a wonderful journey," says Mary. "My surgeries at HSS were a gift that changed my life."

From knee surgery to treatment for scoliosis and double hip and knee replacements, Mary has repeatedly turned to HSS specialists to keep her healthy, and the Hospital has never let her down. "I've always had exciting, exceptional results," Mary reports.

Enormously appreciative of the care that HSS has provided, Mary is an enthusiastic supporter of the Hospital and her physicians. In 2007, Mary approached one of her physicians, Dr. Mark P. Figgie, Chief of the Surgical Arthritis Service, about her interest in honoring him with a gift. Her interest sparked the creation of the Allan E. Inglis MD Chair in Surgical Arthritis, held by Dr. Figgie and supported by Mary through a gift in her will.

Mary continues to be impressed not only by the unsurpassed level of patient care provided by HSS, but also by how the institution has maintained its leadership and reputation in the field over the many decades. "That's part of the magic of this Hospital," she explains. "There is a confidence at HSS; it exudes an aura of excellence."

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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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