A number of assets may be used to provide gifts in support of Bryan Health through the Bryan Foundation. Donors may choose the most appropriate and effective method that best suits their individual circumstances and interests. Gifts can be of a current nature or may be a "planned or deferred" gift.
Gifts of Cash
A vast majority of gifts to the Bryan Foundation are given in the form of cash, usually by check. Donors are asked to make checks payable to the Bryan Foundation. A note accompanying your check can offer you an opportunity to designate your gift for a specific department, program or project of particular interest to you. Or you may leave your gift undesignated, allowing the Board of Directors the flexibility to use your gift in an area of greatest need.
Gifts of Securities
The use of appreciated securities (stocks, mutual funds, etc.) as a giving source is a popular alternative to a cash gift because it actually saves taxes twice. A donor not only receives an income tax deduction for the full market value of your securities (assuming you've held the securities for more than one year), but the donor also avoids any capital gains tax on the appreciation! As an added note, appreciated securities used to make a bequest to the Bryan Foundation, or to fund a charitable trust, gift annuity, pooled income fund or other planned giving arrangement may allow the donor to realize substantial estate and gift tax benefits as well. Gifts of Closely Held Stock
Individuals who own closely held stock may take advantage of special gift opportunities. These gift plans are designed and evaluated individually with each donor, their appropriate advisors and Bryan Foundation legal counsel. Special legal issues and the marketability of the stock are important factors in the evaluation.
Gifts of Real Estate
Generous friends have benefitted themselves as well as Bryan Health by making gifts of real estate varying from condominiums to farmland. As with other appreciated property, a gift of real estate can unlock the full value of your property and offer you specific economic advantages while providing lasting benefits to Bryan Health. The Bryan Foundation carefully evaluates each potential gift to ensure that it will enhance Bryan Health's mission. Marketability of the property is usually a key consideration.
The influence of a deceased loved one can and should be kept alive. The Memorial Gifts Program is a way for families and friends to honor and remember those close to their hearts. It also signals continued support for quality health care provided at Bryan Health. Each year, memorials are earmarked for several different areas throughout Bryan Health and its related entities. At the time a memorial is established with the Foundation, we offer a tribute to the individual along with a listing of all donors in the Foundation's Hall of Honor located in the main corridor of the medical center. We also take great pride in notifying, when possible, immediate members of the individual's family regarding the donor's gift. All memorial gifts are listed in the Foundation's Annual Report.
Acts of human kindness are abound in the healthcare profession. Many times, patients and family want to recognize the caring and compassion of a medical center staff member, a physician or a helpful volunteer. A gift to the Foundation, designated for use by the donor, can be an appropriate way to recognize the individual for the care provided. In each case, the Foundation informs the honored individual regarding the gift. All gifts made in honor of an individual or group will be listed in our Annual Report.