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Dan Dunaway: "Three Jars Giving Plan" Taught Me the Importance of Giving

Dan DunawayDan Dunaway was one of 62 students admitted to the Emory School of Medicine class of 1961 out of nearly 1,200 applicants. He was humbled by the thought that he was selected to be of service to the community when so many others were not.

Dunaway 61M 62MR went on to become a successful Memphis dermatologist and over the years he has been dedicated to giving back to Emory. He has funded charitable gift annuities and made a bequest to support the Class of 1961 Medical Scholarship Fund he helped establish to assist future generations of medical students.

He says he learned the importance of giving at an early age.

"I was four years old when I was told of 'The Three Jars Giving Plan.' I was introduced to this plan by my mother and have used it without change all of my life. I was told to put what coins I had into three clear, glass jars. Jar one was for me, jar two was what I could give to someone in need, and jar three was for a later decision.

"I was reminded that anything in jar two was no longer mine, so to do careful study on adding to jar two. Another rule-keep the jars in plain view so others could see them. Someone else might have a better giving idea than I did.

"For many years jars two and three were little used, but with each passing year they filled more. Jar one is for daily needs-growing less. Jar two is for the Class of 1961 Medical Scholarship Fund-growing larger each year. Jar three is my estate-gradually moving to jar two."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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