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What You Make Possible
We talk about supporting Mercy's "area of greatest need" quite often, but don't always have the chance to explain what that means. When you make a gift to our area of greatest need, you entrust us to use it to meet an urgent need that would not be met without support from the Mercy Hospital Foundation. More

Mercy Opens New Infusion Center With Your Support
The new Infusion Center, made possible by gifts to the Mercy Foundation, is easily accessible for patients and families, providing a centralized location to care for patients in need of infusion treatments. More

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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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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