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Planned Giving

Planned Gifts & Creative Giving Opportunities

Thank you for your commitment to Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center! Through planned giving, you have the opportunity to create a legacy that will have lasting impact on our institution. A planned gift makes new discoveries possible, paves the way for innovative care, and gives hope to patients and their families. Your gift will ensure the Abramson Cancer Center remains at the leading-edge of health and patient care for generations to come.

The programs of Abramson Cancer Center depend upon your support. You can read below about the different ways to leave your legacy or contact Marilynn Touni at (215) 746-5735 or mtouni@upenn.edu for more information.

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is a gift made through a will or living trust. Bequests are one of Penn Medicine’s most important sources of individual giving.

If you wish to make a gift to the Abramson Cancer Center through your will, you do not need to re-write your entire will to accomplish these philanthropic goals. Your attorney can draft a codicil, a simple document that acts as an addendum to the will, leaving your other estate plans in place.

If your attorney has drafted language for you, it is best to have both the designation and the language reviewed by the Office of Planned Giving at Penn Medicine to avoid any potential difficulties in the execution of the will and to ensure we can use your gift as intended.

Sample Language:

I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, a non-profit corporation organized and operated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the sum of $ ____ (or percentage of your estate or specific description of the gist) to be used by Penn Medicine (describe purpose of gift here, if desired). Learn more about bequests.

Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA)

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is the simplest of life income gift arrangements. A CGA is a contract between you and the University of Pennsylvania, providing payments for one or two annuitants at a fixed rate. In exchange for a gift of $10,000 or more, Penn Medicine will provide an attractive annuity rate and guaranteed payments for life. These payments are backed by the assets of the University and will not change regardless of fluctuation in the market or the general economy.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust

A Charitable Remainder Unitrust pays the beneficiary a fixed percentage of the principal of the trust as it is revalued annually. This type of trust provides the donor with the flexibility to make additional gifts to the trust. Upon termination, the remaining assets are distributed to the program at the ACC you wish to support.

Life Insurance

Life insurance needs change as our life circumstances alter. Often, we find that previously purchased life insurance policies are no longer relevant to our current financial plans. If you find you no longer need an existing life insurance policy, consider naming Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center as the beneficiary of all or part of the proceeds. Contact your insurance carrier and complete a change of beneficiary form naming the Abramson Cancer Center.

Real Estate

For many people, real estate represents a large percentage of their net worth. A gift of real estate can be one of the most tax-wise ways to support the Abramson Cancer Center.

Opportunities include:

  • Convert your property into a payment stream and save taxes too.
  • Make a gift of your home now and retain the right to live there for a few years or for life.
  • Consider selling the property to Penn Medicine at a discount. Then, enjoy the cash from the sale to Penn Medicine and a charitable income tax deduction.

Due to the complex nature of real estate gifts and the many different forms in which real estate interests can be held, there will be certain gifts of real estate Penn Medicine will not be able to accept.

Retirement Assets

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Designation

Qualified retirement plans can be the mostly highly taxed assets in your estate. By naming Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center as a full, partial, or secondary beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), or other retirement account, you can impact the programs that mean the most to you in an efficient and tax-wise manner.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

A Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), also known as the Charitable IRA Rollover, can be a great way to support the Abramson Cancer Center. This provision allows individuals age 70 ½ and older to make a tax-free transfer each year of up to $100,000 from their traditional IRA directly to Penn Medicine, without having to recognize the transfer as taxable income. Donors using a QCD do not receive an income tax charitable deduction for their gift.

As always, you should consult your tax adviser about your specific situation.