Why We Give

People smilingCarrie Trahan's son, Kyle, is her hero. Battling a chronic disease and surviving, he also helped his family find answers, while helping save the lives of others as well.
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Sara Cooper and her sister, Jamie Boyd"When I give to the FNIH, I am honoring these inspiring individuals and their contributions to society while paying it forward for the help my family received when my sister was sick. The NIH provides hope—that through the selfless work of the world's best and brightest minds in research, the disease that took my sister will be eradicated and no other families will have to go through that experience. -Jamie Boyd
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Laura Curtin smiling"NIH is truly a premier medical research organization. The FNIH makes it possible for me to invest in and be part of the cutting-edge NIH science and discovery. I have been giving to the FNIH for several years and would encourage others who care about NIH and public health to do the same!"
-Laura Curtin

Susan Wall Smiling"I see my legacy gift to the FNIH as a way to make a contribution that I know will have a lasting impact. I cannot think of a better way to help people around the world."
-Susan Wall

Adriana Tremoulet smiling"My year at the NIH was a cornerstone of my career and I am proud to be a donor to the FNIH."
-Adriana Herrera Tremoulet
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Paula and Bill smiling"Our brother received the best care possible at the NIH Clinical Center. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health makes it possible for us to directly fund the NIH lymphoma research in appreciation for his care and so that others may benefit. Being able to do this means a lot to us. "
-Paula and Bill Bradley, Albuquerque, NM

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the FNIH 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, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc. [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted 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 the FNIH 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 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 the FNIH 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 the FNIH 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 the FNIH where you agree to make a gift to the FNIH 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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