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Barbara Matthews Inspires a Spirit of Independence and Giving

Barbara MatthewsWhen Barbara reminisces about her mother and father, Julia Knoxon and Eugene Hurley, she fondly remembers how her parents instilled a spirit of independence and a desire to do what she could to help others. Barbara’s father passed away when he was just 41 years old, so Barbara saw firsthand how important it is that women be able to take care of themselves.

Julia prompted Barbara to ensure her own independence by encouraging her to become a nurse or a teacher, which were the two professions most open to women at the time.

Barbara earned her nursing degree in 1935 and, together with her first husband, Charles Hedenkamp, built a business. They were disciplined, they had vision for the future, and they were determined to succeed. They were motivated to prosper so they could help others.

In the 1960s, Barbara and Charles moved to Boca Raton for part of
the year and became snowbirds. They believed in a future filled with advancements and innovations that might help people. This belief is part of what led Barbara to make her first gift to the hospital in 1966 the year it opened, and why she plans to make a very generous gift once again. “I believe you should give what you can where it is deserved, and make sure that what you invest in is making a difference,” she says. “You want to know that the organization you give to is a legitimate part of the community.”

Barbara feels that Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an organization worthy of her investment and support. Barbara and her subsequent husbands, Glenn Ingram and William Matthews, continued to give to the hospital over the years. Barbara made a significant gift through a charitable gift annuity in the 1980s, and she plans to make another gracious gift to support the hospital and the patients we serve by providing a gift from her estate.

Barbara Matthews is an honored member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a membership offered only if you are the descendant of a revolutionary (a relationship that might explain some of Barbara’s traits as well as her inherent dedication to independence and forging a better, more secure future for those around her).

As Barbara celebrates her 103rd birthday this summer, she continues to be an example of strength and kindness in our community. In addition to being an example to everyone who knows of her kindness and caring heart, her commitment to a lifestyle of giving, independence, and concern for others is an encouragement to us all.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital 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 give to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 745 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486, 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 the BRRH Foundation 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 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 the BRRH Foundation 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 the BRRH Foundation 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 the BRRH Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the BRRH Foundation 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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