Augusta Health Foundation Bequest Language

The easiest and most common way for you to make a gift to the Augusta Health Foundation is through a bequest in your will or revocable trust.  The tax laws encourage charitable bequests, so it is an excellent way to support our programs while reducing your actual or potential estate taxes.
 
A will is a statement about what matters most in your life.  By making a will you can clearly express your intentions.  Your executor will follow your wishes in administering your estate.
 
After providing for family and friends, consider a meaningful gift to the Augusta Health Foundation to continue your lifetime of support.  Bequest gifts can take many forms such as a specific gift amount, a specific gift type, a percentage of the estate, a percentage of the residue of an estate, or the entire residue considering all other provisions of your will.  Or a bequest can be contingent, which will take effect only after other provisions cannot be satisfied.  Rest assured in knowing that 100% of your gift benefits patients in need, as all administrative costs are paid for by Augusta Health.
 
Specific BequestProbably the most popular type of bequest, the donor designates Augusta Health Foundation to receive a specific dollar amount or a specific piece of property.  As with any charitable bequest, the estate receives a charitable estate tax deduction for the full amount of the bequest.
 
Example:  John Doe wills $10,000 to the Augusta Health Foundation.
 
Sample language:  "I give to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia the sum of $10,000 for its general uses and purposes.
 
Percentage Bequest:  The donor gives the Augusta Health Foundation a percentage of the estate.
 
Example:  Jane Smith leaves 25 percent of her estate to the Augusta Health Foundation and the balance (75 percent) is divided between her brother and sister.
 
Sample language:  "I give to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia, twenty-five percent (25%) of my estate for its general uses and purposes with the balance divided equally between my brother Sam Smith of ABC Hometown and my sister Mary Jane Smith of ABC Hometown."      
 
Percentage of the Estate Residue:  After making specific bequests to family and friends, the donor's estate is divided among others or charities, which may include the Augusta Health Foundation
 
Example:  Mary Kay Jones leaves $200,000 of her estate to several friends and family members and instructs her executor to distribute the remainder of her estate 50 percent to the Augusta Health Foundation and 50 percent to her church.
 
Sample language:  "All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, of what so ever kind and where so ever situate, shall be distributed as follows:  fifty (50%) percent to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia for its general uses and purposes and fifty (50%) to my local church."
 
Residue of the Estate:  The donor, after providing several specific bequests to family and friends, leaves 100 percent of the residue to the Augusta Health Foundation
 
Example:  Bob Adams leaves his nieces and nephews $200,000 in several specific bequests and instructs his executor to distribute the balance of his estate to the Augusta Health Foundation to establish a memorial in his family's name.
 
Sample language:  "All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, of what so ever kind and where so ever situate, shall be distributed to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia to be deposited into its general endowment fund as a memorial for the deceased members of the Adams Family."
 
Contingent BequestThis type of bequest takes effect only if all other conditions fail.  This will insure the property will pass to the Augusta Health Foundation rather than unintended beneficiaries.
 
Example:  If Janet Green's brother dies before her, Janet leaves his bequest to the Augusta Health Foundation
 
Sample language:  "I give to my brother Joseph Green, of ABC Hometown the sum of $25,000 and if my brother Joseph Green is not living at the time of my death I direct the amount due him be paid to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia for its general uses and purposes."
 
Bequest of Retirement Plan Assets:     All retirement plan programs, IRA's, Keogh's, 403(b) plans, pension and profit sharing plans require a primary beneficiary be named when the plan is established.  This beneficiary can be changed at any time and may include a charity.  Therefore, you might consider naming the Augusta Health Foundation as a beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan assets.
 
Bequest Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity:       One of the most beneficial plans for leaving the income of assets to an heir is to use your will to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity agreement in their name.  A charitable gift annuity provides your heir(s) a fixed guaranteed lifetime payment and provides your estate an estate tax charitable deduction.  The rate of payment is established by the beneficiaries’ age when the agreement is funded.  The Foundation will receive the proceeds of the annuity upon the beneficiary's death and apply the proceeds to the project or program you select.
 
Example:  John Doe wills $10,000 to the Augusta Health Foundation for a Charitable Gift Annuity.
 
Sample language:  "I give to the Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365, located in Fishersville, Virginia the sum of $10,000, provided the Foundation shall pay an annuity to my spouse, Mary Doe, during her lifetime at the then rate being paid by the Foundation to annuitants of my spouse's age and sex at my death.  The annuity shall be non-assignable.  The payments are to be made quarterly and shall end with the quarterly payment, preceding my spouse's death. I intend to make a charitable gift to the Foundation and to provide an annuity for my spouse.  If the Foundation has no annuity program or for any other reason is unable to obligate itself to make annuity payments to my spouse, I give $2,000 to the Foundation for its general purposes and direct my executor to purchase for $8,000 from a life insurance or annuity company of good standing in the United States a non-assignable annuity contract providing for the payment of an annuity, quarterly, to my spouse during her lifetime at the then rate being paid by such company to annuitants who are my spouse's age and sex at the time of the purchase of the annuity.  If my spouse does not survive me, I give $10,000 to the Foundation for general uses and purposes."
 
Charitable bequests are an excellent method to provide for the Augusta Health Foundation without parting with your assets during your lifetime.  Your estate receives the full benefit of an estate tax charitable contribution deduction, and you can specify your preferences about the use of your gift within the Foundation.      
 
Our official name and designation is: The Augusta Health Foundation, a Virginia not-for-profit corporation, federal tax ID Number 54-2042365.  
 
For further information contact:
Tami G. Radecke, CFRE
Executive Director
Augusta Health Foundation
PO Box 1000
Fishersville, VA 22939
Email:  tradecke@augustahealth.com
Phone:  540-332-4858
Website:  www.augustahealth.com/foundation

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