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An Investment in Health Care, A Legacy of Gratefulness

Ruth Gabelhouse

Ruth Gabelhouse in front of her meticulously cared for lawn

Ruth Gabelhouse took incredible pride in taking meticulous care of her home.

"There was never a dandelion in the front yard. She would be out there on her hands and knees in the summer," recalls grandson James Henrichs.

For more than 65 years, that home was a cornerstone for Ruth and husband, Tom, the place where they built a life and raised a family together. The couple's initial investment—$13,000—returned huge dividends over the decades.

"The house and everything in it were some of her greatest treasures," Henrichs said.

When Ruth died in November 2017—18 years after Tom—the 93-year-old gifted their cherished home to Methodist Hospital Foundation.

"I was very proud of her for making that choice," Henrichs says, a choice built on a foundation of incredible gratitude. The Gabelhouses's daughter, Beth Henrichs (James's mother), was diagnosed with tongue and throat cancer in the mid-'90s and turned to Methodist's prominent head and neck cancer team for surgery and chemotherapy. Despite the intensive treatment, she died in February 1996.

"Grandma always talked about how much the doctors and nurses meant to her and how much kindness they brought to Mom," James Henrichs says.

The Gabelhouses's generous act of planned giving is a reminder for caregivers of the lasting impact of their work, care that encompasses body, mind and spirit.

"It is incredibly meaningful to witness the act of gratitude that extends over decades," says Dr. William Lydiatt, a head and neck surgical oncologist at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. "I am humbled that a grateful patient would make such an impactful gift."

Planned giving can take many different forms—from donating life insurance or starting a charitable gift annuity, to gifting a farm or house. Methodist Hospital Foundation and its team of experts will walk you through the legacy-building process.

The sale of the Gabelhouse home will ultimately benefit the Foundation's Charitable Care program, which helps relieve the burden for patients in dire financial need. That means the couple's initial $13,000 investment will continue to return huge dividends.

"I know my grandmother would appreciate that," Henrichs says.

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Our team is always available to help you determine the best way to create a planned gift to fit your unique situation. Please reach out to Elizabeth Borisow at (402) 354-4825 or foundation@nmhs.org to begin the discussion.

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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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