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The Legacy Society Of Howard County General Hospital

Supporting the Future Health of Your Community

"What Will My Legacy Be?"
Each year, thousands of individuals, exercising the privilege to determine the final distribution of their estates, designate that a portion of their assets be used for the benefit and support of charitable organizations. These bequests, no matter how modest, have been welcome and important to the Howard Hospital Foundation and are often structured to create a permanent legacy. The value of a bequest to the Howard Hospital Foundation is fully deductible for estate tax purposes.

You can make a bequest through a will, trust, retirement account or insurance policy. Such gifts enable you to make a significant contribution that may not have been possible during your lifetime. We encourage you to contact us for suggested bequest language and other pertinent information prior to finalizing bequest plans. This philanthropic support is critical for Howard County General Hospital to continue serving the community as a state-of-the-art health care facility.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Legacy Society of Howard County General Hospital, please call the Howard Hospital Foundation vice president of development at 410-740-7840 or visit us at Let us know that you want to include us in your estate plans or that you already have the Howard Hospital Foundation in your plans.

Membership in the Legacy Society
The Howard Hospital Foundation and Howard County General Hospital deeply appreciate the contributions of our Legacy Society members. To recognize their thoughtful and generous actions, we provide the following membership privileges:
• Invitations to special foundation and hospital events
• Recognition in our annual Philanthropy in Review and other publications
• An elegant certificate of membership
• A unique legacy society pin
• General assistance with estate giving

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Howard Hospital Foundation 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, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to THE HOWARD HOSPITAL FOUNDATION [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its 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 HHF 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 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 HHF 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 HHF 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 HHF where you agree to make a gift to HHF 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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