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Partnering to Meet the Needs of Our Community
Thanks to your support, we've been able to make much-needed improvements to many areas. See what more we can accomplish together and why your gifts are so important. More

Celebrate With Us
On September 27, Mercy Iowa City will celebrate 145 years of caring for patients in southeast Iowa. More

End of Year Gifts Make a Difference
Gifts from supportive donors can have a big impact at the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Read about the far reach of recent gifts to Mercy. More

They Each Created a Legacy
When William “Bill” Cory of Muscatine and Davenport, IA, died in 2007, he left a generous gift to the Mercy Hospital Foundation through a bequest, in appreciation for the care he had received at Mercy over the years. More

Remembering Dr. Christian Schrock
On Friday, July 26, 2013 the Mercy Hospital Foundation hosted an event remembering Christian Schrock, M.D. More

Mercy Guild Creates Scholarship Fund
In 2012, Mercy Guild celebrated its 50th anniversary. This year, we mark another milestone by being able to award two Mercy Guild Scholarships to our employees for the 2015 spring semester.  More

Health Careers Scholarship Created
Thanks to the Carly M. Ambrisco Health Careers Scholarship, the new scholarship is the first permanently endowed Health Careers Scholarship and it is a wonderful gift for both Mercy and Carly Ambrisco.  More

Gifts Support Future Health Care Workers
Students from eight area high schools will receive Health Career Scholarships to support their pursuit of a health care career. Donations from Mercy Iowa City employees, the Mercy Hospital Guild and the Mercy Hospital Foundation make these valuable scholarships available.  More

Gifts Help Hospice Meet a Community Need
Mercy Hospice Care is celebrating its fifth anniversary of its inpatient services in the renovated Mercy Convent. A $1 million gift from the Mercy Hospital Foundation initially helped with the construction, but ongoing support remains critically important.  More

Gifts Help Patients and Providers
Gifts to Mercy support many things, including equipment for patient care. New ceiling lift systems in patient rooms are one example of how your gifts are making a difference by improving patient care and the safety of caregivers.  More

A Modest Man
William "Bill" Cory of Muscatine and Davenport was a highly respected independent management consultant throughout his career. Originally from Tama, he received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Iowa State University and a master's degree in accounting from the University of Iowa.  More

Mercy is ‘No. 1'
Tom and Betsy Kenefick had been married for more than 52 years when she died unexpectedly at home in 2011. They met for the first time as students at the University of Iowa. Betsy had grown up in Sioux City, while Tom was proud to say that he had been born at Mercy Iowa City-delivered by Dr. Scanlon who was his family's doctor at the time.  More

From Nurse to Donor
Nurse Diane Boyken has spent more than three decades working at Mercy Iowa City. And she wouldn't have it any other way. Her positive experience with the hospital and its dedicated staff motivate her to support the Mercy Hospital Foundation.  More

Scholarship Support Leads to Nursing Career
Supporting health care education is one of the many ways Mercy Hospital Foundation advances health care in our community. Foundation scholarships helped Danyl Lown achieve her dream of becoming a nurse and support her as she furthers her education today.  More

Present at the Creation
"I like to volunteer. I just thoroughly enjoy it." Those are the words of Joey Summerwill who began volunteering at Mercy in 1962 and continues to work each week at the lobby Information Desk. She started as one of the core group of volunteers who formed the Mercy Hospital Guild in 1962 and served as its first president.  More

Legacy Gift Benefits Mercy Hospice Care
Jaynane "Jayne" Lillig was a "gracious, vibrant, warm and friendly" person according to her big brother, Jim Coffman of Iowa City. She was a world traveler with her late husband Mick and following his death, she traveled with friends.  More

Mercy Hospital Guild Celebrates 50 Years of Giving
When the Mercy Hospital Guild was chartered in 1962, the plan was to provide many comfort services for patients, such as delivering flowers and mail. The thought of raising funds to benefit the hospital came later.  More

Dr. Roger and Mary Simpson Give Mercy an Early Gift
When Dr. Roger Simpson finished his otolaryngology medical residency in 1957, he came directly to Mercy and stayed for 38 years. "I spent my entire professional career at Mercy," Roger says.  More

A Gift for Today and a Gift for Tomorrow
Ruth, a shy girl who found her voice helping others, was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1922. The British-organized Kindertransport rescued her from the Nazi regime in 1939. After living with a British family for a year, she sailed to New York City to rejoin her family who had been interned in Cuba.  More

Longtime Foundation Donor John Crawford Was a True Survivor
Longtime Foundation Donor John Crawford is a True Survivor  More

Early Lessons in Compassion
It was a strong sense of patriotism and a desire to help others that compelled young Rose Margaret Reed to determinedly seek a degree in nursing.  More

Legacy of Caring Continues
Dr. Thadeus T. Bozek was the kind of doctor who didn't let a snowstorm keep him from his patients.  More

Gift of Gratitude for Hospice
Grateful for a lifetime of care at Mercy, A. Kent Braverman wanted to give back.  More

Children's Play Area in New Hospice Unit: Named In Memory of Oluf Davidsen
The philosophy of hospice is to help people live fully throughout their life-including the end of life. For many, the young ones in their lives are a special comfort and source of great joy. The new Hospice Unit at Mercy welcomes young visitors and helps them feel at home with a dedicated play area adjacent to the main family room.  More

Former Convent Became Mercy Hospice Care
In a letter to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, Paula Eifler told a story of caring for her mother through the end of life with the assistance of the Comfort House hospice in Pella, Iowa.  More

Past Connections to Mercy Lead to Charitable Gift Annuity
Edna E. Pixley's connections to Mercy go back generations. Motivated in part by an interest in medicine, as well as memories of the tender care her grandmother, mother, father and other family members received at Mercy, Edna has made an investment in Mercy with a charitable gift annuity.  More

Bequests Can Continue Your Legacy of Helping Others
Kathy and Dr. Pete Wallace are familiar to many in our community.  More

Honoring Loved Ones; Providing for the Future
George and Carol Kondora truly had a lifelong love, although, as George says, their romance "officially began in second grade," when he began carrying her books to school. From Horace Mann elementary through City High, it was always George and Carol.  More

Endowment Used to Establish the Erusha Family Educational Scholarship
When Don Erusha approached completion of his nine-year term on the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, he knew he wanted to leave a legacy that would continue to serve Mercy, though his years of service were behind him.  More

Dr. Anderson Remembered Through Friend of Nursing Award
Dr. George S. Anderson is lovingly remembered for the 34 years of compassionate care he provided to patients at Mercy Iowa City.  More

Healthcare Begins With Knowledge
In 1982, Mercy physicians initiated the Nursing Education Grant Fund to assist employees who wanted to enhance their caregiving skills through additional professional education. Since then many employees have obtained nursing degrees with the assistance of this fund.  More

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Mercy 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

Bequest Language

The official bequest language for Mercy Hospital Foundation is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Mercy 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 Mercy 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 Mercy 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 Mercy 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 Mercy Foundation where you agree to make a gift to Mercy 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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