Planned Giving

Donor Stories

A Legacy of Discoveries and Generosity
Dr. Thomas
A founding scientist at Fred Hutch, Nobel Prize—winner Dr. Thomas developed bone marrow transplantation as a cure for leukemia, making his name as the “father” of this lifesaving advance. His wife Dottie worked tirelessly by his side. More

Envisioning a Healthy Future
Bob and Pat McDonald
Bob and Pat McDonald have nourished a partnership with Fred Hutch for three decades. But eight years ago, they gained a new perspective on the discoveries their contributions have fueled over the years when they became grandparents. More

The Gift of Time
Jerry Liebermann and Linda Harris
When Jerry Liebermann and Linda Harris married, they thought they would have only a few months together before Jerry's chronic myeloid leukemia took his life. Thank goodness they were wrong. Thanks in part to Fred Hutch, Jerry and Linda have been married more than 34 years. More

In Pursuit of Cures
Bob Widditsch
Bob Widditsch is a man of many pursuits who loves problem-solving. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he used those skills to research options. More

A Lifelong Trailblazer
Lora-Ellen McKinney
Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney knows that treating and eliminating cancer depends upon the innovative research done at Fred Hutch. As a volunteer member of Fred Hutch's Institutional Review Board, she is dedicated to ensuring our research meets the highest standards and includes racial and ethnic minorities. More

A Steadfast Commitment to Curing Cancer
Lynn Lippert and Sal Jepson
Lynn Lippert has battled cancer four times and celebrates her survival by contributing to cancer research. She and her wife, Sal Jepson, have established an endowment to support breast cancer research. More

Everyday Joy
Laura DiLella
Laura DiLella dedicates her life to helping others through treatment after her experience at Fred Hutch revealed "the joy of living one day at a time." More

Financial Advisor Takes Own Advice
Jeff Maxwell
A retired partner with regional CPA firm Moss Adams, Jeff Maxwell also volunteered to serve as chair on Fred Hutch's Planned Giving Advisory Committee and later became a member of the Hutch's Board of Trustees and Board of Ambassadors. He eventually found himself so compelled by the Hutch's work that he followed the advice he gave clients. More

Leukemia Survivor Supports Research That Gives Hope
Chris Brinton
Chris Brinton is a planner. A certified financial planner, in fact, who blazed a trail through a male-dominated profession in her 23 years at what is now Morgan Stanley. But she had no way of anticipating the shocking news she received on her 60th birthday: She had leukemia, and without treatment, it would probably kill her within two days. More

Loss from Cancer Inspires Multiple Gifts
Hank Martin
"Our main motivation in establishing gift annuities to benefit Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center is that my mother, brother and previous wife died of cancer," Hank Martin said, "And we wanted to help find a cure." More

Inspiring Hope Through Your Plan
Carole Olson
Losing a sibling one deeply loves can be a very strong motivator for taking action, and for Carole Olson, losing her sister to lymphoma was the beginning of her commitment to help find a cure for cancer. More

Making an Impact
Micheal Rubin
Michael Rubin is not only a Fred Hutch employee; he is a former Hutch patient as well. In 1987, he had a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. April 1, 2012 marked the 25th anniversary of his lifesaving treatment. He chose to include Fred Hutch in his will because of his deeply personal connection to Fred Hutch's mission to eliminate cancer. More

Giving Back, Giving Thanks
Jay Holman
Jay Holman became engaged in the research at Fred Hutch for many reasons. Breast cancer took the life of his mother, Lucille, at the age of 65, and his sister Lynn Holman Riggs was successfully treated for the disease this past year. Jay himself had surgery for stage 2 melanoma in July 2010. More

A Heart for Helping
Judy Kornell
Ask retired Fred Hutch nurse Judy Kornell the secret to great nursing care and she’ll tell you right away: “It’s about touch.” During her years as a pain nurse, she also touched the hearts of countless cancer patients, blending hands-on caregiving with path-breaking research on better ways to measure and control pain. More

Living On
Gene Barnes
With both hands, Gene Barnes clutches the neatly bound book. It is wrapped in a deep purple dust jacket on which shine the gold letters of its title, The Story of a Courageous Lady. He softly turns the pages that preserve so many of the stories and photographs from the life of his treasured wife, Beverly. More

A Grandson's Legacy
Jim and Diane Watson
Jim and Diane Watson built their life around family. Diane considers raising their three children — two girls and one boy — the highlight of her life. For Jim, a University of Washington graduate who forged a thirty-year career in California at Ford Aerospace Corporation (later Lockheed Martin), “family was the reason for everything.” More

A Lifelong Passion
Yahn Bernier and Beth McCaw
Yahn Bernier and Beth McCaw view philanthropy as a family value. Since the earliest days of their marriage, they set up bequests to ensure that the charitable organizations they support will benefit after they are gone. Their goal is not only to help those causes but to send a message to future generations. They want to impress upon their young daughter the importance of giving as a lifelong passion. More

Fighting Back Strong
Anne Jannetti and David Strong
When David Strong was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2004, he was devastated. He was also determined to get the best care possible. The lifesaving cancer treatment Strong received at Fred Hutch's clinical care partner, SCCA, made the pair realize the value of research, which is why they decided to make Fred Hutch a beneficiary of their retirement plans. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 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

Bequest Language

"I give to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a Washington nonprofit corporation located in Seattle, Washington, or its successor organization, the sum of $ _________ (or % of my estate), (or other personal property herein described) to be used for its general support and charitable purposes without restriction."

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 Fred Hutch 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 the 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 Fred Hutch 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 Fred Hutch 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 Fred Hutch where you agree to make a gift to Fred Hutch 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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