When you include Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care in your estate plans, you ensure care for future generations. Every legacy gift, great or small, will support families needing Hospice, Palliative Care, and grief services. Your legacy gifts will qualify you for membership in the Legacy Society which recognizes and celebrates generous people like you.
There are almost as many variations on ways to make a donation as there are needs to be met. Explore this section to discover new ways to make a gift that also take into consideration your personal circumstances and the needs of your heirs.
Memorial and Honorary Gifts
If you have a family member or friend whose life has been touched by Heartlinks Hospice, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to us in honor of that person.
Any charitable gift you arrange can be made in honor of someone. Consider these two basic methods of establishing an honorary gift.
- A gift today: An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs or an upcoming project. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax.
- A gift through your will or living trust: You can include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or—more commonly—a percentage of your estate will pass to us at your death in honor of your loved one.
Making a memorial gift is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone’s vision for the future. Depending on the nature of your gift, there are a variety of ways we can recognize your generosity. Please contact Shelby Wheeler at Shelby@heartlinkshospice.org or 509-837-1676 to discuss ways to recognize your honoree.
Donor Advised Funds
A donor advised fund is commonly held at a community foundation that distributes funds to other charities such as Heartlinks Hospice. You can open one with a written agreement between you and the organization that gives you (or other family members) the right to recommend that distributions (i.e., grants) be made from your fund to Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care.
Once you have created a donor advised fund, you can:
- At any time, make contributions to your fund, which are invested by the sponsoring charitable organization, which then provides a regular accounting to you.
- Recommend that various amounts be distributed to qualified charitable organizations of your choice.
- Receive an income tax charitable deduction for gifts to your donor advised fund.
- Convenience and timing: You can take a tax deduction now—when you make a gift to the fund—without immediately having to choose the charities you want to support.
- Simplicity: You can support a number of charitable organizations and centralize your giving without having to retain records for separate contributions.
- Expertise: You can take advantage of the staff’s expertise to research which programs you want to support.
- Family philanthropy: Families can build a tradition of giving and teach their children the value of philanthropy by involving them in the decisions about which grants to recommend. Plus, you can name your children as the next generation of fund advisors to carry forward a true legacy of giving.
- For donors who want to stay involved in advising on the use of their gifts, a donor advised fund offers participation without being as restrictive or as expensive to operate as a private foundation.
We hope you’ll consider including a gift to Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care in your will or living trust. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers these main benefits:
- Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed.
- Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
- You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
- Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.
How It Works:
- To make a charitable bequest, you need a current will or revocable living trust.
- Your gift can be made as a percentage of your estate. Or you can make a specific bequest by giving a certain amount of cash, securities or property. After your lifetime, Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care receives your gift.
- There are four options for bequests:
- A specific bequest gives us a particular piece of property. If you disposed of the property before your death, we won’t receive your intended gift because we cannot claim any other property.
- A general bequest gives us a stated sum of money. If there is insufficient cash in your estate to cover the bequest, other assets will be sold for cash to honor your wishes for us.
- A residuary bequest gives the “rest, residue and remainder” of your estate, or, more commonly, a percentage of the residue after all other bequests, debts and taxes have been paid.
- A contingent bequest requires a certain event to occur before the gift can happen. For example, you could bequeath funds to a family member provided that person survives you; if not, the funds would then go to Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care.
- Decide how you would like Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care to use your gift. Choose from one of these three options:
- An unrestricted bequest allows us to use the assets in the most beneficial way.
- A restricted bequest allows you to specify how we are to use the funds. Contact us in advance to be certain your intent can be fulfilled.
- An endowment bequest allows you to designate the purpose of your gift. Your gift is invested with and becomes part of our endowment and a distribution is made each year. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will support our mission in perpetuity.
Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming us as beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.
Naming the individuals and charities that will receive your assets once you are gone can be a simple process. Most assets can pass to your intended beneficiaries by the terms of your will. Other assets, such as retirement plans, life insurance and insurance annuities, however, are not controlled by the terms of your will. These assets instead require separate beneficiary forms.
IRA and Retirement Plan Beneficiaries
- Most retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs, are income tax–deferred, meaning that income tax is not paid until the funds are distributed to you in life, or upon your death. This taxation makes retirement assets among the most costly assets to distribute to loved ones.
- Because they are subject to income taxes to your beneficiaries, retirement assets make ideal gifts to tax-exempt charitable organizations such as Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care. Otherwise, the income taxes on retirement assets you leave to your loved ones can be as high as 35 percent. This means that an IRA worth $100,000 will be worth only $65,000 by the time it reaches them. On the other hand, the naming of a charity as the beneficiary of retirement assets upon death generates no income taxes. The charity is tax-exempt and eligible to receive the full amount and bypass any income taxes. This means that in the above example, Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care would receive the full $100,000 benefit.
Life Insurance Policy Beneficiaries
- Life insurance is a popular method of providing much-needed funds to a beneficiary at your death. It is also a low-cost way to provide a large benefit for someone in need. Life insurance proceeds are almost always income tax–free to the beneficiary. The beneficiary designation in your life insurance policy determines where the proceeds will be distributed. The death proceeds, therefore, are not typically transferred through your will. Life insurance can be distributed to a charitable organization such as Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care, if we are named as a beneficiary of the policy at the time of your death.
Insurance Annuity Beneficiaries
- Insurance annuities, unlike life insurance, carry an income tax burden. Your named beneficiary is responsible for paying the income tax due on the growth of the annuity while you owned it. The tax burden makes these assets a popular choice to leave to a charitable organization like Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care because we, as the recipient, can eliminate the tax bill.
By making a gift to the Heartlinks Endowment Fund, you will be making a gift to Heartlinks that will last forever while realizing tax benefits for your kindness. When you make an endowed gift, your contribution is invested and becomes a part of our endowment. An annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. Your gift to the endowment fund will ensure the services of Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care will remain everlasting.
Please contact us to learn more about building a strategic philanthropic plan that empowers you, your family, and Heartlinks Hospice.
Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care
3920 Outlook Rd, Sunnyside, WA 98944
Work: 509-837-1900 Cell: 509-790-9025