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Investing in the Future of Radiology: Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D. & Robert H. Choplin, M.D.

choplin The seed was planted early for Robert H. Choplin, M.D., to do what he could to make the world a better place. His family took that obligation seriously, and as a child he watched family members perform numerous selfless acts.

"When my father knew of a family in need, he just took care of them," Dr. Choplin said. "That really became ingrained in me."

So for most of his adult life, he has paid that forward. Among other worthy organizations, the RSNA Research & Education Foundation has benefited from Dr. Choplin’s generosity for the past 25 years.

"I came to understand how research projects were funded, and that there was a big gap for young researchers with good ideas to get over before the big money could be obtained from the National Institutes of Health or other large funding agencies," said Dr. Choplin. "The R&E Foundation came into existence to fill that gap, and I was enthusiastic about helping it with its mission. More importantly, my love for radiology and imaging had flourished and I wanted to help the discipline become the best that it could be as we walk/run into the future." Recently, Dr. Choplin and his wife Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D., reworked their will to include a Legacy gift to the Foundation.

"Deciding to become a Legacy donor comes with considerable thought over an extended period of time. Marjorie and I chose to provide a reasonable amount for our children to receive when we die. At the same time, we believe that it is incumbent upon them to be able to sustain themselves independently," he explained. "We have provided for our children and then provided for the charities that we believe have the ability to impact in a positive way as many lives as possible."

Dr. Choplin and Dr. Bowman, married 24 years, head a blended family of five children. They enjoy bicycling together and recently tackled a 100-mile ride. The family loves to travel and has visited five continents and 48 states. Meanwhile, Dr. Choplin keeps a busy schedule at Indiana University School of Medicine, while Dr. Bowman serves as Associate Vice President for Health Research at Wright State University.

In addition to their Star Legacy gift, Dr. Choplin and Dr. Bowman are annual Presidents Circle Donors, and Dr. Choplin serves on the Individual Giving Subcommittee of the Foundation.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the R&E 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 R&E Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 820 Jorie Blvd., Oak Brook, IL 60523, 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 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 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 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 Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the 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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