Gramse Family Three Generations Gather to Honor Family Legacy
The seeds of Dr. Laura Gramse’s career in dentistry were planted in childhood, when she assisted her father, Harold Gramse, DDS, in his Wilbraham office and accompanied him on rounds at Baystate Medical Center to see patients who had undergone oral surgery procedures. The family ties to Baystate went deeper: Her uncle Edward Gramse, DDS, was also a dentist, and her other uncle Arthur Gramse, MD, was a well-respected surgeon at BMC. More

William and Janet Russell He Cared About Community. So He Gave.
William Russell lit up the world, literally. In 1886, he founded the Franklin Electric Light & Power Company to provide county residents with brightly lit streets. Over 100 years later, William is still brightening Franklin County through a charitable trust. Established in 1921, the trust benefited family members and, at their passing, started gifting crucial support to Franklin County Public Hospital. More

Patient, Mia Mia Was a Happy Teen. Then She Lost Her Smile.
It happens just like that. And when it happens, thanks to generous people like you, Baystate Children’s Hospital is here. For most children, life is occasionally interrupted by illness. For a child with significant health challenges, it’s the other way around. At age 14, Mia Gasperini knew something was wrong when she started having trouble doing things most teens do every day, like brushing her hair. Then, one day, says Mia, “I lost my smile.” More

Jan and Bernadette Piepul Retired Employee’s Generosity Fuels Tomorrow’s Care
The Piepul Family and Baystate Medical Center go way back — almost 60 years. Jan was born down the street and enjoyed getting to know the many Baystate Health care providers who came by his family business, Piepul’s Camera Center. Bernadette served as a surgical nurse for 36 years, working in the operating room, post-operative care and then as manager of general surgery until her retirement last year. More

Ben Manzi Superheroes Come in all Sizes. So Must their Chariots.
Ben Manzi is busy. He’s raising funds to buy pediatric wheelchairs for Baystate Children’s Hospital. He’s in the second grade at Academy Hill School in Springfield. And he’s battling leukemia. Seven-year-old Ben Manzi and his little brother, 5-year-old Gabriel, had an exciting summer — including visits to Lego headquarters in Enfield and family in New Mexico. One not-so-fun activity was also included. Ben had to make time for chemotherapy. More

Tom Carr Carr Family Legacy
"There are no roads back, only other roads forward." Many remember Thomas Carr voicing that sentiment during his tenure as president of Bay Path College. It was a guiding principle of his life – one that reflected the spirit in which he had approached his future after a car accident left him a paraplegic at the age of 38, and even after he became legally blind years later. More

Sadowsky Sadowsky Family Legacy
As a father, grandfather and business leader, Jim Sadowsky knows that Baystate Health plays a vital role in the lives of everyone in our region. As chair of the Baystate Health Board of Trustees, he knows what it takes to ensure that Baystate will always be there for western Massachusetts. More

Greg Swanson Greg Swanson is Ensuring that His Generosity Will Live Forever Through a Bequest
When Greg Swanson’s mother was admitted to the MassMutual Wing of the Davis Family Heart and Vascular Center for the last time in October 2015, she was embraced in the compassion of her care teams – as well as the generosity of hundreds of people she knew. More

Grodsky Family Grodsky Family Sustains Baystate Health with a Gift to Endowment
Jeff Grodsky recently spent an afternoon in Baystate Medical Center’s Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department with his daughter, who had been hurt in a ski racing accident. It wasn’t the first time. There was the time that Jeff’s son was rushed by ambulance from Vermont to Baystate Medical Center at the age of 10, after another, more severe, traumatic injury on the slopes. And, long ago, there was a diagnosis that saved his infant daughter’s life. “We’ve had our share of stitches and broken bones,” he says. The history of the Grodsky family has long been entwined with the history of Baystate Health. More

Ronald Burkman, MD Life Insurance Gets a New Life
As part of the campaign for Baystate Medical Center’s expansion, Ronald Burkman, MD knew he wanted to make a charitable impact. When considering a gift in support of the expansion project, Dr. Burkman and his wife decided to name Baystate Health Foundation as an owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. More

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Baystate Health Foundation 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Baystate Health Foundation [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 Baystate Health 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 Baystate Health 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 Baystate Health 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 Baystate Health where you agree to make a gift to Baystate Health 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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