Planned Giving

Recognition of Donors

Don and Dottie Thomas

Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and his wife, Dottie, pioneered bone marrow transplantation, saving countless lives. By including Fred Hutch in their estate plans, they fueled more lifesaving research.

Thomas Legacy Society

Fred Hutch’s Thomas Legacy Society honors generous people who have made an investment, through a future gift, in improving the lives of patients in years to come. Individuals who establish a gift to Fred Hutch through their will, trust or other planned gift are integral to the future of life-transforming research.

Thomas Society members share a common bond: a vision for building a foundation for new cures and advancing research that will save lives. When you include the Hutch in your estate plans, you are helping to ensure the Hutch will have the resources it needs to meet the priorities of the future. These include:

  • Early-stage ideas that push the boundaries of science and are not yet eligible for federal funding
  • Prevention research to keep diseases from ever occurring
  • Early-career investigators working on the cures of the future
  • Technology and equipment that accelerate discovery
  • Housing and transportation assistance for our patients and families

A Tradition of Giving

By becoming a member of the Thomas Legacy Society, you are perpetuating a long tradition of innovation exemplified by the Society’s namesakes, Don and Dottie Thomas. A founding scientist at the Hutch, Nobel Prize winner Dr. E. Donnall Thomas developed bone marrow transplantation as a cure for leukemia. His wife, Dottie, called the “mother of bone marrow transplantation,” worked by his side. Through a gift in their estate, these research partners left a legacy not only of lifesaving scientific discoveries but also of their spirit of generosity.

Today, our Thomas Society members are carrying on Don and Dottie’s values. Like the Thomases, you can make a commitment to Fred Hutch research and leave your lasting mark on the world.

Becoming a Member of the Thomas Legacy Society

The following types of gift commitments qualify you for membership in the Thomas Legacy Society:

We encourage you to notify us of your gift intentions and indicate your recognition preference on our Intention Form.

Benefits of Membership

Please let us show our great appreciation for your generous vision. If you notify us of your gift to Fred Hutch and become a member of the Thomas Legacy Society, you receive the following opportunities for recognition and benefits:

  • Your name on the Thomas Legacy Society wall at Fred Hutch*
  • Recognition in Fred Hutch’s online Annual Report*
  • Invitation to the annual Thomas Legacy Society luncheon
  • Invitations to other select events
  • Personal tour of the Fred Hutch campus (family members and friends welcome)
  • Quarterly delivery of Hutch Magazine, which provides in-depth features on current Fred Hutch science and the lives it touches
  • Hutch News, a bimonthly e-newsletter providing the latest news about our research and upcoming events

    *We respect the privacy of members who choose to remain anonymous and will ensure that you do not receive public recognition if you so choose.

Contact Us

Thank you for considering such a generous gift. If you have already arranged a gift, thank you for letting us know.

We invite you and your professional advisors to contact our Planned Giving team at 206.667.3396 or toll-free at 800.279.1618. We can provide more information on making a planned gift arrangement that is right for you and becoming a member of the Thomas Legacy Society. All inquiries are held in the strictest confidence and there is no obligation.

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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