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Thoughtful gift of real estate recognizes exemplary care and research

Judy Murray

Judy Murray, RN, MSN, NP

As a nurse practitioner and passionate patient advocate, Judy Murray, RN, MSN, NP, spent much of her career helping others get the care they needed. She was inquisitive, committed, and tireless in seeking the highest standard of health care possible—whether it was through her job or for family and friends.

Judy was not easily swayed by reputation alone. While she knew of Dana-Farber’s world-renowned status, as a patient she sought to validate it. Judy’s research confirmed she was receiving the best possible treatment; the wonderful, unexpected bonus was the comforting, personal care she received from her team, especially oncologist Beth Overmoyer, MD, and oncology clinical specialist Michael Comeau, RN, MSN, CPON.

“Dana-Farber’s combination of cutting-edge treatment coupled equally with personal care and a gentle touch significantly impacted our family’s experience,” said Doris Sinkevich, one of Judy’s sisters.

Sadly, a cure did not come in time for Judy, but she thoughtfully left a generous gift of real estate to Dana-Farber in her estate plans. The proceeds from the sale of her property will further the groundbreaking research and patient care that she so greatly admired.

“Judy wanted to continue the legacy of the outstanding and personalized care that she received,” said Doris. “She truly believed that her gift could enable and support the ongoing research that will help ultimately win the battle against cancer.”

Judy’s compassionate and generous gift will further both Dana-Farber’s mission, and her legacy as a tireless patient advocate.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 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

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"I bequeath to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts [ _____ dollars or _____ percent of my total or residual estate."]

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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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 Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund where you agree to make a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund 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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