There are many ways to give, and choosing the right plan can have a major impact on you and your family. The Office of Trusts, Estate and Gift Planning is here to serve you and work with your team of professional advisors to help develop a strategy that is right for you. As a result, you and your family can experience the joy of leaving a legacy that will benefit generations to come.
Your gift planning options:
IRA charitable rollover
In 2015 Congress enacted a permanent extension of the IRA charitable rollover. If you are 70 ½ or older you may be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawal.
MD Anderson Legacy Society
The MD Anderson Legacy Society honors the many individuals who have chosen to help cure cancer by making a commitment to MD Anderson through their estate or other gift planning vehicle.
Let our experts help you
We can assist you in accomplishing your philanthropic financial goals. Our gift planning team will help you design a gift that best suits you and your family’s desires to help cure cancer.
Writing MD Anderson into our wills was an easy decision for my late wife, Jackie, and me. Because even after she received a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis, MD Anderson’s clinical trials program gave us four extra years to spend together. And its wonderful doctors continue to save people’s lives.
I’ve followed U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings for years. So, I knew MD Anderson was No. 1 in cancer treatment. That’s why I made up my mind early on that if anyone in my family ever got cancer, we’d travel to Houston from our home in Bluffton, South Carolina.
But Jackie and I soon discovered more reasons to support MD Anderson’s mission. Over time, we developed some really close relationships with Dr. Vivek Subbiah, his nurse practitioner Anna Poullard, and many other members of their staff. And every month, when we went in for Jackie’s checkups, it became less like going to a cancer hospital and more like going to visit old friends.
At MD Anderson, Dr. George Blumenschein told us about a clinical trial that targeted the exact genetic alteration (RET fusion) Jackie had. That surprised us, because only about 1% to 2% of all lung cancer patients have it. But under Dr. Subbiah’s care, all of the tumors in Jackie’s lungs and brain either shrank or stayed the same. They never got any bigger.
As a result, Jackie was able to resume many of the activities she’d previously enjoyed, such as painting, playing mahjong, and teaching our dogs tricks. She was still doing fantastically when she died of causes unrelated to her cancer in July 2020.
Jackie and I updated our wills several years ago to make gifts through our estate to MD Anderson, because we wanted its researchers to be able to continue doing their valuable work. But after Jackie’s passing, I discussed with their Development team ways I might give something now as well. While MD Anderson is still included in my will, I also made a separate donation this year to fund Dr. Subbiah’s research projects for years to come — and to honor my late wife’s memory in the process.