Planned Giving

A Gift That Honors a Life

Memorials and Tributes

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When we lose someone special or someone extraordinary touches our lives, we look for ways to express the depth of our love, admiration and gratitude. Making a tribute gift to Fred Hutch is a meaningful way to do that. When you make a gift to the Hutch in memory or honor of loved ones, you create a lasting tribute to them as well as a legacy that supports future life-changing and lifesaving research.

Jay HolmanGiving Back, Giving Thanks

When cancer touches your life or the life of a loved one, it leaves an indelible mark. It can also be the start of a desire to help find new cures. For Fred Hutch Thomas Legacy Society member Jay Holman, his family's cancer experience led to the beginning of a growing connection with the research community at Fred Hutch and a tribute to his parents and sister that will support new cures forever. Read Jay's story.

How to Make a Memorial or Tribute Gift

Any outright or planned gift to Fred Hutch can be made in memory or in honor of a loved one. Simply let us know your intention and your loved one's name online or by sending us a brief letter or email.

Establish an Honorary Endowment

You can establish an honorary endowment fund now or through your estate plan. Endowments are structured so that a small portion of the fund is used each year, with the balance invested for future growth. This helps ensure that the named fund will create a legacy in perpetuity. This also means that your loved one’s name is forever associated with the Hutch’s lifesaving discoveries.

Most gifts to the Hutch endowment are unrestricted as to purpose, giving the greatest flexibility to meet changing needs. However, if you have a particular area to which you would like to direct your endowment, please contact our Planned Giving team to discuss your interests. 

Ways to Provide Recognition

Memorial Wall

Memorial Wall and Lifetime Giving Wall
The Fred Hutch Memorial Wall, located prominently in the Weintraub Building on the Hutch campus, offers a lasting way to memorialize a special friend or loved one. With a memorial totaling $5,000 or more, your loved one's name is added to the parchment display on the wall. If the memorial is $10,000 or more, the person's name is placed on an individual panel. Depending on the gift size, the donor’s name may be permanently recognized on our Lifetime Giving Wall, which is also located in the Weintraub Building.

Endowment Wall

Endowment Wall
For endowment funds, the name of each fund is placed permanently on the Endowment Wall in the Weintraub Building on the Hutch campus. In addition, the names of donors who fund the endowment (with gifts more than $50,000) are added permanently to the Endowment Donor Wall located at the Grace Fountain in The Moyer Foundation Plaza outside the Hutch’s Arnold Building. This can be helpful to donors who wish to name their fund after loved ones but would also like to be remembered for their connection to the Hutch.

When appropriate, your tribute gift will be acknowledged with a personalized note sent to the family or friend of the person you wish to remember.

Next Steps

  1. Contact our Planned Giving team at 206.667.3396 or plannedgiving@fredhutch.org for additional information about creating a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you make a gift to Fred Hutch through your estate, please refer to our sample bequest language and use our legal name and Federal Tax ID.

Legal Name: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Address: 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Mail Stop J5-200, Seattle, WA 98109
Federal Tax ID Number: 23-7156071

If you are interested in supporting a specific project, program or area of research, it is best to discuss your plans with our Planned Giving team before completing your gift to confirm Fred Hutch can meet your wishes.

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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 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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