Planned Giving

The Center for Practical Bioethics has always relied on true believers like you. People who care about the ethical challenges of medicine and the need to address these challenges at all levels:

• Personally, by providing guidance to patients, families and clinicians facing real-life-real-time dilemmas
• Professionally and communally, by teaching bioethics to medical students, clinicians and lay leaders
• And on the policy level, by bringing diverse groups together to work collaboratively, recommend guidelines, develop programs and disseminate thousands of free bioethics resources around the world

Planned giving is a powerful tool for ensuring that your values and beliefs live on. At the same time, it can provide immediate benefits such as increased current income, reduced income tax liability and avoidance of capital gains tax. Planned giving offers a wide range of options for gifts of all sizes, shapes and purposes.

Naming the Center in Your Will or Trust
Bequests are the most common planned gifts. You can make a gift as large or small as you desire. You can name a specific dollar amount or, through a residuary bequest, you can designate a percentage of your estate for the Center.

Other Ways to Give

Revocable Living Trusts contain instructions for managing personal assets during the donor’s lifetime and for the distribution of assets after his or her death.

Charitable Gift Annuities are contracts between the donor and the Center to donate cash or securities and receive fixed annual payments for life.

Charitable Remainder Trusts are irrevocable trusts that generate a potential income stream for the donor or other beneficiaries, with the remainder of the donated assets going to the Center.

Charitable Lead Trusts are irrevocable trusts that generate a stream of income for the Center for a period of years, with the remainder of the assets going to other beneficiaries at the end of the charitable term.

Life Insurance gifts are gifts the Center receives after the policy owner dies. The donor can usually take a substantial tax deduction and, since charities are not subject to income and estate taxes, the Center receives 100% of the gift.

Retirement Plan Assets that the donor hasn’t used upon death can be donated to the Center to further its mission.

Legacy Society

The Legacy Society was established in 2009 to help supporters make provisions for the Center in their estate plans. We are honored to recognize these thoughtful and generous individuals and to bring them together periodically to learn, socialize and enjoy. To date, the following individuals have made commitments that affirm, honor and protect what matters to them about the Center.

Judith S. and James M. Beck
Joan and Bert Berkley
Mary Beth Blake
Donna K. Blackwood

Drs. Barbara and Rene Bollier
Dianne and John Carney
Myra and Truman Christopher
Kelley and Bill Colby
Karen Cox
Karren King Crouch and Dr. Thomas Crouch
Helen C. Emmott
Jo Ann Field
J. Scott Francis
Robert Lee Hill
Carol N. and Steven E. Lanard
Sandra Doolin Mellinger
Ronald A. Neville
Paula and Clay Porsch
Andrea and E. Wynn Presson
Charles N. Romero
Tarris Rosell
Mary M. and David L. Sallee
Dianne C. Shumaker
Hans W. Uffelman
Linda D. Ward and Terrence R. Ward


Professional Journeys Lead to a Planned Gift

Karren King Crouch and Tom Crouch

Karren King Crouch, a past president of the Center for Practical Bioethics board of directors, currently serves on the board of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Karren mentions Ailey to underscore one of the things that makes the Center special and why she and her husband, Tom Crouch, have included it in their trust.

“Kansas City is Ailey’s only home outside of New York City,” she said. “And the Center for Practical Bioethics is the only free-standing bioethics organization that I know of in the country. Like Ailey, it is unique, right here in my hometown, with a national reputation.”

Karren and Tom’s involvement with the Center grew out of their professional lives. Tom is a retired nephrologist. Karen is a licensed clinical social worker who spent most of her career working with kidney dialysis patients and their families, advocating for their rights, and publishing numerous articles on these topics in the professional literature.

Karren was introduced to the Center while serving on the Saint Luke’s Hospital Ethics Committee, one of more than 200 hospital ethics committees the Center helped to train in the 1990s and early 2000s.

“Being in healthcare and working with the kidney transplant population made Tom and me aware of many ethical issues,” she said, “and made the work of the Center even more meaningful. We decided to make a planned gift to the Center knowing that the money will be in the hands of people we totally respect and trust, and make an impact in the way we would like it to be made.”

The Crouches have four grown children, seven grandchildren and two dogs.

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