Planned Giving

Everyday Joy

Jim and Laura DiLella

Jim and Laura DiLella

It was 1983, and the stars were aligning for Laura DiLella. She and her husband, Jim, just had a baby boy after a long struggle with infertility. Laura was back at work as a nurse at a New Jersey hospital, a job she loved. Then Laura started having bouts of fever and fatigue. She went to her physician, never expecting the diagnosis: acute myelogenous leukemia. She and Jim were devastated. Suddenly, the stars fell from the sky.

Three thousand miles away, as Laura and her family contemplated treatment options and struggled with the plague of emotions that stalk a frightening disease, Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and a team of researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle were pioneering techniques in bone marrow transplantation that held hope for patients like Laura. Her oncologist urged her to go to Fred Hutch.

Laura made the journey to Seattle for treatment. Over the next four months, with the help of her family and friends (her sister would be her bone marrow donor), she went through the arduous and often lonely ordeal. When she returned home, Laura was filled, as she described, "with a sense of hope for my future" and a determination to help others going through the same thing.

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Five years later, Laura became an oncology counselor and helped start a bone marrow transplant support group at the medical center where she then worked. Three decades after her cure, Laura still practices what many cancer survivors discover — the joy of living one day at a time. She and Jim have especially found everyday joy in watching their son, Jimmy, grow up. He is now a successful and happily married man, soon to be a father himself.

During her time at Fred Hutch, Laura learned two indelible lessons: Cures for cancer can spring only from innovative scientific research, and the embrace of family and friends is vital for patients as they journey through treatment. For these reasons, Laura and Jim have established a charitable lead trust, which provides income to support patients through Fred Hutch's Family Assistance Fund.

Charitable Lead Trust

Provide for your loved ones and the Hutch

You, too, can support patients as they journey through treatment, along with supporting the innovative scientific research conducted at Fred Hutch.

Learn how a charitable lead trust works and calculate how a charitable lead annuity trust or a charitable lead unitrust can benefit you.

Our Planned Giving team is available to assist you without any obligation. We will thoroughly explain your giving options and provide sample calculations. We will work closely with your financial, legal and accounting advisors to help you tailor a gift that fits your personal financial situation and goals.

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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 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 Fred Hutch 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 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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