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How a Donor Found His Purpose in Life


Jerry Hoban

"Give until it feels good. Get up with a purpose in life. Do something for somebody else each day. Life is a gift."

These are just a few of the mottos Jerry Hoban lives his life by every day. You recognize the optimism, gratefulness and appreciation for life within the first seconds you meet him. He can bring a smile to your face and make you feel like you've known him your whole life. That's exactly how he wants it.

Jerry puts his optimism to great use through the Methodist Volunteers in Partnership. He delivers mail to patients, and takes the opportunity to touch someone's life positively and make their day. His work has not gone unnoticed: He recently received the V.I.P. Special Service Award, which recognizes the best of the volunteers.

"Volunteering keeps you in contact with people and makes you feel invigorated and exhilarated," says Jerry. He truly understands this because he has been volunteering for almost 60 years. His first volunteer experience was with Boy Scouts of America, which he helped lead for more than 20 years. In addition, he sponsored an orphanage while serving in Korea, and currently volunteers at his church and the Siena/Francis House.

The biggest influence in Jerry's life was his mother, who raised him and his two sisters by herself following the Depression. She taught Jerry to always give to others, especially during the toughest times. Jerry has honored that philosophy by establishing an annuity with Methodist Hospital Foundation to support the Surgery Renovation Project. An annuity lets the donor receive payments through their lifetime, with the remaining value of their gift going to the charity after their death.

Jerry states, "I want to smell the roses now and still be remembered years down the road. I walked away with a good feeling."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Methodist 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 give to Methodist Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 225, Omaha, NE 68114-3447 , or its successor thereto, ______________* [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 Methodist Hospital Foundation 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 Methodist Hospital Foundation 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 Methodist Hospital Foundation 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 Methodist Hospital Foundation where you agree to make a gift to Methodist Hospital Foundation 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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