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Betty Marie Stewart Invests in the Future to Honor Her Past

Betty Marie StewartBetty Marie Stewart 52BSN has been a faithful and active member of Emory’s nursing alumni for more than three decades. In 1978 Stewart became the first woman to serve as president of the Emory Alumni Board, and she remains very involved in Emory alumni events, especially those of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

In the early 1970s, Stewart helped revitalize the nursing school’s alumni activities, and her dedication was recognized recently by the Emory Alumni Association, which named her its 2016 recipient of the Jake’s Golden Heart Award. The award honors those whose demonstrated values of service, generosity of spirit, and loyalty to the university reflect the example set by the award’s namesake, Judson “Jake” Ward 33C 36G, beloved former dean.

In recognition of the education she received at Emory, Stewart and her late husband, Jim, made a bequest to support the school of nursing. “Hardly a day goes by that I am not grateful for my nursing education at Emory,” says Stewart, now retired. “I consider including the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in my will an investment both in my alma mater and in the future of health care for all.”

Stewart hopes her gift will make a difference for future generations of Emory nursing alumni. “Nurses are assuming ever more expanding responsibilities today—leadership roles in clinical care, research, and teaching and, at Emory, always with the basic tenet that the patient is a person,” she says. “By remembering Emory in my will, I join with other colleagues and friends expressing gratitude for the past and a vision for the future.”

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

"I give to Emory University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at Atlanta, GA, or its successor thereto, ______________* [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 Emory 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 Emory 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 Emory 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 Emory where you agree to make a gift to Emory 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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