Giving to HSS

Why We Give

There is No Greater Gift

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."
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Saying Thank You

Donna MacCrae

For over 40 years, Donna MacCrae has been teaching elementary school students, sitting in small chairs designed for nine-year-olds and stooping to meet her students eye to eye. Diagnosed with scoliosis as a child, Donna credits HSS with allowing her to enjoy her life and her career. "The Hospital is keeping me healthy," she says.
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Inspired to Give

Susan Vavroch

The late Susan Vavroch was a patient at Hospital for Special Surgery for her entire life. As a young child, she was treated by Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Sr. and throughout her adulthood she was under the care of his son, Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Jr, last seeing him for a 19 year post-operative check-up in 2013.
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The Legacy of Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus and Namesake of the Wilson Society

Philip D. Wilson Jr.

Even before Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Jr., came to Hospital for Special Surgery for his orthopedic residency in 1948, the Hospital was a part of him. His father, Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Sr., had assumed the role of Surgeon-in-Chief at HSS over a decade earlier, and their close father-son relationship inspired Dr. Wilson, Jr.'s passion for medicine.
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Grateful Patient and Board Member Helps HSS Found the Wilson Society

Sam Polk

"My first association with HSS was involuntary," quips Sam Polk, referencing his 1966 knee surgery performed by Dr. Rolla D. Campbell following a skiing accident. His surgery prompted Sam to join the Board of Trustees and began a 50-year relationship with the Hospital.
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Longtime Member of HSS Family Gives Back

Dr. Levine

Dr. Levine came to Hospital for Special Surgery as a first-year Resident in 1961 and in 1968 was named Chief of the Scoliosis Service. For the next 30 years, he dedicated his life to helping patients and advancing standards in orthopaedic treatments. Along the way, he played an integral role in shaping and sharing the HSS story.
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Grateful Couple Pays It Forward

Ann and Alan Mintz

Ann and Alan Mintz ski down mountains only accessible by helicopter, scale Himalayan peaks, and bike across challenging terrain. Their passion for extreme sports takes them around the world, and to HSS for care.
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Surgical Arthritis Service Chief Honors Mentor with Bequest

Mark P. Figgie

When applying for a fellowship in 1985, Mark P. Figgie was advised by his brother, then a fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, that "if you train at HSS, you will be able to take care of anyone."
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Dr. Leon Root: A Lifetime at HSS Inspires a Planned Gift

Dr. Leon Root

Inspired by his extraordinary experiences at Hospital for Special Surgery as a fellow in 1961, Dr. Root became a member of the HSS medical staff in 1967 and has devoted his medical career to helping as many patients as possible benefit from the outstanding level of care provided by HSS.
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Legacy Gift from Charter Member Links Hospital's Foundation and Future

After receiving years of care at Hospital for Special Surgery, husband and wife Herbert and Minnie Puller became charter members of The Wilson Society when, in 1998, they included a bequest to HSS in their will.
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A Class Act

Peter Haring Judd

Wilson 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.
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Rewarding Kindness

Christiane Ramirez

Grateful for the successful care she has received at Hospital for Special Surgery over the past 20 years, Ms. Christiane Ramirez has joined The Wilson Society by establishing a charitable gift annuity.
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Honoring a Mentor

David and Judy Dines

Inspired by fond memories of Philip D. Wilson, Jr., MD, benefactors David and Judy Dines have joined The Wilson Society by naming Hospital for Special Surgery in their wills.
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Couple Honors Physician with Bequest

Maria and Morris Coppersmith

Grateful for the extraordinary care they have received at Hospital for Special Surgery, Maria and Morris Coppersmith have chosen to name the Hospital in their wills.
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Investing in HSS to Benefit a Family's Future

Edwin G. Roos

Edwin G. Roos, Wilson Society member, has established six charitable remainder trusts with Hospital for Special Surgery. He recently shared the story behind his decision to use the charitable remainder trust to make a planned gift to the Hospital.
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No Cane, No Pain

Howard "Tom" Thompson was certain that his wife had played a trick on him. He walked from the kitchen to the living room to answer the phone and when he turned around to grasp his canes, they were gone. She hid them! Or so he thought.
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Match your gift!

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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