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Louis Heifetz

Education Professor's Bequest Thanks Joslin For Educating Him
Louis J. (Lou) Heifetz, Ph.D., was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1956 at age 9. A Joslin patient from 1956-1970 and 1999-present, he received a Fifty-Year Medal from Joslin Diabetes Center in 2007. Read More

Sandy Vance Asherman

Joslin Care Makes for Healthier Life, Happier Marriage
Her family doctor diagnosed her with diabetes at age 13 and immediately recommended that Sandy seek treatment at Joslin. Read More

Henry and Gloria Waldron

Giving Back After Getting Hope
The story of Henry "Hank" and Gloria Waldron is first and foremost a love story. The Waldrons were married for 60 years until her passing in 2015. Read More

Jonathan and Dorlee Michaeli

Joslin Gifts Spell Hope for Future
Jonathan Michaeli believes when a cure for diabetes is found, Joslin will be a part of it. He and wife, Dorlee's future gift will ensure we can continue our important work for years to come. Read More

Kathryn Ham

A Life Well-Lived Thanks to Joslin
Kathryn Ham has lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 80 years. For 60 of those years, she's been a patient at Joslin Diabetes Center. Read More

Jay Zukerman

Joslin's Important Work Inspires Estate Gift
Brought up under the Jewish tradition of “tzedakah,” or charity, a retired couple have given annually to the Joslin Diabetes Center for 15 years. Now they’ve included Joslin in their estate plans so their support will continue indefinitely. Read More

Erness and Nat Brody

A Mother's Legacy
The diagnosis had come. Her little girl had type 1 diabetes. Now what? For Carole Goldberg, this question launched what would become one of the most successful events in the history of Joslin Diabetes Center: Evening at Pops. Read More

Erness and Nat Brody

Twenty-Five Years of Compassionate Care
Erness and Nat are pleased to provide financial support to the Joslin Diabetes Center. They were married six weeks after they met, and eight years before the Supreme Court’s Loving decision declaring Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute unconstitutional. Read More

Ed Koller

Joslin Support Is Best Present for Longtime Donor
Edward R. Koller, Jr. has been donating to and raising money for Joslin for three decades. His generosity is ongoing and forever—a planned gift is part of his estate. Read More


Researchers Dedicate Career, Gift to Joslin
Working side by side for most of their marriage, Dr. Gordon Weir and Dr. Susan Bonner-Weir have made significant strides in the fight against diabetes. Read More

Tom Beatson

Passion for Research Fuels Estate Gift
It’s no coincidence that Tom Beatson doggedly pursued personal milestones in type 1 diabetes care and cycling. They were his two passions. Read More

Robert Baker

Longtime Relationship With Joslin Makes for a Good Life
For Robert Barker, relationships and personality are an essential part of medicine. At Joslin Diabetes Center, he found personable doctors who cared about him as a whole person. Read More

eBrochure Request Form

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Joslin Diabetes Center 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 Joslin Diabetes Center, a nonprofit corporation currently located at One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215, 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 Joslin Diabetes Center 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.

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 Joslin Diabetes Center 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 Joslin Diabetes Center 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 Joslin Diabetes Center where you agree to make a gift to Joslin Diabetes Center 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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