Discover the benefits of giving wisely
Did you know there are creative ways to support St. Mary’s? Ways in which the health system, you and your loved ones all benefit at the same time? Such giving techniques are called "planned gifts," because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you, your family, and the hospital.
Giving opportunities throughout St, Mary's Health System can meet the needs and desires of all donors who wish to support our work. Planned Giving offers outstanding tax benefits to you, the donor, while providing important long-term support to St. Mary's Health System and its programs.
Talk to your financial advisor or contact Audrey Thomson, Executive Director of Philanthropy at 207-777-8828 or email.
At your death, a will serves as a road map telling your personal representative how to distribute your assets to other people or to a charity. Without a will, you are powerless over how your assets are distributed. Instead, the laws of the state where your residence is, the state in which you spend most of your time, register to vote and hold your driver's license, determines how assets are divided.
Power of Attorney
A general power of attorney permits the holder of the power to act on behalf of another individual-the grantor-and lapses upon the grantor's incompetence. A durable power of attorney survives the incompetence of the grantor and allows the holder of the power to act. This document can be used when a grantor lapses from competence to incompetence for periods of time.
Revocable Living Trust
A revocable intervivos or "living" trust is an important part of the estate plan of many people. Intervivos means "during life," which is when the trust is established. Revocable means that the creator, also known as the grantor, of the trust can change the terms of the trust or revoke it completely during his or her lifetime. Assets in trust are not part of your will; they are transferred according to the instructions in the trust document.
Living Will or Health Care Proxy
By creating a living will, you can articulate your beliefs on life-sustaining measures. With a health care proxy, you can name a trusted individual to make health care decisions if you are unable to do so. The health care proxy is used only for medical purposes. Like a living will, the health care proxy states when life-support equipment should be disconnected and medical efforts should cease.
Why Should I Make a Planned Gift?
Many people want to make charitable gifts but need to do so in a way that helps meet their other personal, family, or financial needs. Planned gifts give you options for making your charitable gifts in ways that may allow to:
- Make a larger charitable gift than you thought possible
- Increase your current income
- Plan for the financial needs of a spouse or loved one
- Provide inheritances for your heirs at a reduced cost
- Reduce your income tax and/or avoid capital gains tax
- Diversify your investment portfolio
- Receive income from your personal residence
- Plan for the transfer of your business
- Leave a charitable legacy for future generations
The St. Mary’s Development Office does not provide legal or tax advice. We recommend that you seek your own legal and tax advice in connection with gift and planning matters.