Please consider naming South Shore Hospital in your will. It is an easy and meaningful way to support expert healthcare important to you. Your bequest can designate a piece of property, a specific sum of money, or a percentage of your estate. Charitable bequests are unique in that they enjoy unlimited deductions from federal and most state estate takes.
Here is a sample wording to make a bequest:
"I bequest_______________________(describe dollar amount, property to be given, or proportion of your residuary estate) to South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation located at 55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth, Massachusetts, 02190, for its general purposes (or specific cause.)"
Gift annuity agreements provide older donors who give cash, securities, real estate, or personal property with fixed annual payments for a specified time period, usually for life. With a deferred gift annuity, annual payments do not begin when the gift is made, but begin at a later time specified by the donor.
Gift annuities are attractive to donors who want to receive income from assets that have risen sharply in value, such as stocks or property. In return for gifts of such assets, South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation guarantees donors a fixed annual income for the rest of their lives, and helps donors avoid capital gains taxes. The donor also gets an income-tax break on a portion of the earnings from an annuity. The exact amount depends on the donor's age.
Charitable lead trusts are most appealing to wealthy donors who want to pass appreciated assets to their heirs without paying a substantial amount in taxes. This is done by allowing South Shore Hospital to receive income from the donor’s assets for a specified time, after which the asset is transferred back to the donor or to the donor’s heirs, who do not have to pay any additional taxes.
The donor does pay a gift tax on the asset when it is placed into the trust, after which it may grow tax-free. A lead trust may be structured to reduce gift and estate taxes or to provide a charitable deduction for the donor.
There are two basic types of charitable remainder trusts that qualify for federal tax benefits: Unitrusts and Annuity Trusts. In both arrangements, a donor contributes stock, cash, or other assets to a trust. Those assets are invested, producing income for the donor - or other beneficiary - either for a fixed time period or until the donor dies. The donor is allowed to claim a tax deduction for the estimated portion of the assets that will ultimately come to South Shore Hospital. When the donor or beneficiary dies, the Foundation retains all remaining assets.
Charitable remainder trusts allow donors and beneficiaries to receive income-tax deductions and escape capital gains taxes. Many donors find these trusts to be an appealing way to prepare for retirement. The assets can be invested to earn a lower rate of return when the donor is younger and then shifted to earn a higher rate of return, and thus provide more income during the donor’s later years.
Under a basic Unitrust, the donor receives one or more yearly payments equaling a fixed percentage of the value of the asset, which is assessed each year. Under a net-income unitrust, the donor receives only the income earned by the trust, even if the trust earns less than the payout rate. However, the trust can be set up to include a “make-up provision,” which allows the donor to make up the lost income, provided the trust earns more than the payout rate in future years.
Under an Annuity Trust, the donor receives a yearly fixed payment equaling at least 5 percent of the value of the asset at the time the deferred-giving agreement was signed.
A gift of whole life insurance may be made to South Shore Hospital by naming the Hospital as the irrevocable owner and beneficiary of the policy. Your policy may or may not be paid. If the policy is not paid up as of the date of your gift, the policy must have a minimum face value of $50,000, with a payment schedule not exceeding ten years.
Gifts of life insurance policies require charitable contributions from the donor to South Shore Hospital in the amount of any premiums, including unscheduled premiums, which may become due.
Please call our Senior Planned Giving Officer, Donna Driscoll, at 781-624-8142 for more information about Planned Giving at the South Shore Hospital Charitable Foundation.