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sharing your plans:

Make Your Wishes Known and Get More Out of Giving

“When it came time to do the serious thinking about

our estate plans, I knew I wanted to support historical

enlightenment for students. A Johns Hopkins gift

officer helped us find something that would stimulate

interest in that area.”

Dr. Larry Gartner, Med ’58

Dr. Larry Gartner, Med ’58, still reflects

so happily on his time at the Johns

Hopkins School of Medicine that he

often teases his wife that he’d like

to come back and start all over again.

As a long-time professor of neonatology

and pediatrics, Gartner often thought

back to the medical history his Johns

Hopkins professors used to enlighten and

entertain med students. In retirement,

he is working to preserve history for the

American Academy of Pediatrics, while

also ensuring future Hopkins students

get the same historical perspective.

Gartner and his wife, Carol, have

designated part of his retirement account

to the School of Medicine. The couple

was able to tailor their giving through

the documentation process, which

defines and protects the wishes of

Hopkins supporters.


Documenting your gifts is almost as

easy as telling us about your passions.

Take it from Bill Yang, MPH ’84,

Med ’85 (PGF), who, along with his

wife, Nancy, plans to support a

Master of Public Health scholarship

through his will. “The gift planning

staff answered all of my questions,

provided the necessary forms,

and walked us through the process,”

says Yang. “It made simple what

we thought was going to be a long,

time-consuming process.”


Reviewing your plans provides us

with an opportunity to examine the

beneficiary language you’ve used.

Doing so guarantees your gift ends up

exactly where you intend. It may seem

straightforward, but because of the

WHAT documenting IS

Many friends of Johns Hopkins include

a gift to us through a will or trust, or

by beneficiary designation. These gifts

fuel the future of Johns Hopkins—

supporting scholarships and

professorships, advancing research and

enhancing patient treatment and care

for future generations. Documenting

a future gift allows us to better

understand your intentions; direct your

gift to specific schools, departments

and programs you wish to support;

and strengthen our relationship with

you. It also gives us the opportunity

to formally recognize you for your

support during your lifetime and assists

us in our long-term financial planning.