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Compassionate Care Inspired Edye Bradford's Cancer Research Gift

Edye Bradford

Edye Bradford, who says Emory gave her "a new life," is funding cancer research through a bequest.E

Edye Bradford fell in love with the people at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University during her treatment for colon cancer in 2006. The surgeon gave her hugs. The nurses made her laugh. Her care team fought so fervently to restore her health, she called them "the three musketeers."

Winship Cancer Institute is known for its expertise, and Bradford is now cancer free. Deeply moved by the experience, she has left her estate to Winship to fund cancer research, and she maintains strong ties to the Emory community.

"My Emory family has continued to grow over the passing years, and I feel truly blessed by the best of care, the thoughtfulness, and all of the new and different experiences that have come my way," she says. "Emory gave me back my life, but it also has given me a new life. I hope that my gift will give someone else that same experience."

Cancer research is just one area of Emory's work that donors support with planned gifts of all kinds. Planned gifts fuel research in every discipline, help Emory attract and retain the best physicians and teachers, make it possible for talented students to study here regardless of family finances, and support Emory's efforts in communities at home and around the world.

Emory's Office of Gift Planning helps donors find giving strategies that support their passions while making the most of their assets. Planned gifts can provide income to donors and heirs, help minimize taxes, and create permanent endowments that link the names of donors or other honorees with Emory's work in perpetuity.

For information about estate planning or to schedule a meeting with an Office of Gift Planning adviser, call 404.727.8875 or email

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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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