Donor Stories

John and Maria AssarafA Gift Today for the Children of Tomorrow
"There are so many things I'm proud of at Rady Children's," says Maria Assaraf, chair of the Rady Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. "I'm proud of how we are thinking outside the box, and really growing our Hospital into a transformational healthcare system that benefits children not only here in San Diego, but around the world." More

The OrensGenerosity as a Way of Life
"My idea of philanthropy is to give it all away," Jere says. "I feel like if I can do something to help someone else, then that's what I should do."  More

JenkinsEnsuring World-Class Care When it’s Needed Most
While hiking the Grand Canyon in 1987, John Jenkins’ then 8-year-old daughter, Kristen, became acutely ill and couldn’t finish the journey. John packed up the family’s RV and headed straight to Rady Children’s.  More

Chambers FamilyParent. Physician. Partner. A Message from Dr. Hank Chambers
As a physician at Rady Children's, I am honored to help the children in our community. I know we offer the very best care. I know this. But I truly felt it when my own son was a patient here. More

Gary SteinGary Stein
Minutes into a conversation about his involvement with philanthropic causes, Gary Stein's house phone rings. He disappears for a few minutes into the kitchen and then comes back, apologizing. "That was a call from a realtor," he says. "I'm starting a new business. It's weird—I'm going to be a wasabi farmer." More

HarmonsonGifts for the Future—Inspiration Now
A Legacy Circle gift—including Rady Children's in your estate plan—is an incredibly meaningful way to help us keep our covenant to always care for the kids in our community.  More

BrochersThe Heart of Giving
Vince and Camilla Borchers' own son, Chris, spent the first two months of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego.  More

MorebelloThe Power of Giving to Others
Mona and Sam Morebello are an important part of the history of Rady Children's.  More

Barbara BrownBarbara Brown: Dividends of Love and Care
Barbara Brown has devoted a good portion of her life to supporting Rady Children's—tireless volunteer, fundraiser extraordinaire, Foundation Board of Trustees chair and Charity Ball chair—the list goes on and on.  More

Michelle BreeaGordon's Legacy Changes Lives Forever
Roy Gordon, a World War II pilot, dedicated his life to his country, touching the lives of many. But his impact did not stop there. More

FisherA Brave Soldier Leaves Quiet but Powerful Legacy
Josef Fisher was a gentleman who lived with great taste, surrounded by his exceptional collection of objets d'art collected from his world travels.  More

FingermanA Life Remembered, a Legacy Ensured
Bernice Fingerman never met her stepson, Peter David; he passed away at the age of 15, decades before she met and married his father, Harry. But Bernice has always been profoundly touched by Harry's love for Peter, who developed cerebral palsy at a young age.  More

Bettie and John Walsh
In 2002, Bettie Walsh and her husband, John, used money from an inheritance to create a charitable gift annuity to benefit Children's Chadwick Center for Children and Families.  More

Nancy and Gordon KinleyNancy and Gordon Kinley
Nancy and Gordon Kinley donated two pieces of real estate, valued at $625,000, to Children's in exchange for a charitable gift annuity.  More

J. Monroe Jones
Mary Eleanor and J. Monroe Jones created a charitable gift annuity in 2001. Mary Eleanor passed away in 2003 at the age of 87, but Monroe continued the tradition of giving to Children's.  More

Masako and Jim FalkMasako and Jim Falk
Masako and Jim Falk became donors to Children's in the mid-1990s through the creation of a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT).  More

Norma and Robert FethlerNorma and Robert Fethler Help Kids by Donating Real Estate
"I know all too well what it's like to be hospitalized," says Norma Fethler. She spent the entire first nine years of her life between a hospital for crippled children near Chicago and a convalescent home in nearby St. Charles, Illinois.  More

Al Roth
Albert (Al) Roth was a volunteer at Children's for eight years, contributing a total of 3,415 hours. In 2000, he was presented with the President's Award in recognition of his dedicated service to Children's.  More

GloriaA Large Bequest From Petite Gloria Brown
By all accounts, Gloria Brown was a petite woman—barely 5 feet tall. But she had an enormous heart, especially for kids.  More

Caring for Other People's Children
Not many people would offer to care for someone else's children. But Jim and Masako Falk have been doing just that since the mid-1990s, through their generous support of Children's Hospital and Health Center.  More

Special People—Special Gifts
Bettie Walsh didn't set out to be one of Children's benefactors. Twenty years ago, she was asked by her women's club to donate toys to Children's. She agreed, and later she was asked for dolls—not just any dolls, but anatomically correct ones that could be used in child abuse programs. She began making them for the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, and the demand grew exponentially.  More

Mary Eleanor Jones The Gift That Keeps on Giving
When it comes to Children's, it's better to give and receive.  More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Rady Children's 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

Sample Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Rady Children's Hospital Foundation [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 Rady Children's 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 Rady Children's 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 Rady Children's 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 Rady Children's where you agree to make a gift to Rady Children's 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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