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Mercy Hospital Foundation

Your Generosity in Action at Mercy

Infant Warmer

The Nursery’s new freestanding infant warmer

Your gifts this year helped to do many things from acquiring equipment for the Nursery such as the freestanding infant warmer to renovating the grill and short order area of the kitchen and cafeteria, to funding scholarships for staff and students, harmonicas for pulmonary rehab patients, education materials for Diabetes Education clients, and so much more.

Already this fall your gifts have helped fund the latest in 3-D mammography equipment so that women can receive exams with the most advanced diagnostic equipment available in the area. In the next months we look forward to your gifts helping with an enormous project in Mercy’s Cardiology services—replacing the medical procedure equipment used in the Cardiac Catheterization Labs.

Mercy Kitchen

The newly renovated grill in Mercy’s kitchen

Your gifts have always made, and will continue to make, an enormous difference in the care provided at Mercy. Please consider a gift again this year—with it you could help to do many things from new equipment in the Cath Lab to introducing a new nutrition and wellness program, the remodeling of the hospital lobby and main level corridors to improve way finding, access, comfort and privacy for patients, families, employees and visitors, acquiring equipment throughout the hospital and so much more. Your gifts are critical to making these projects and others a reality. We appreciate and thank you for your support of the care provided here!

"This was my first time in your hospital and everything by everyone was perfect."

Your past gifts have helped Mercy purchase the equipment and hire the professionals we need to become a 100 Top Hospital and the only one in Iowa to receive five stars from the Centers for Medicare. We couldn’t do it without you.

End the Year on a Generous Note

The generosity of supporters like you enables us to provide the healthcare our community depends on. Contact Margaret N. Reese at or 319-358-2622 to learn easy ways you can support Mercy Hospital Foundation today and into the future.

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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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