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Staying Involved, Today and Tomorrow: Lizabeth and Sam Hissong, M.D.


Dr. Hissong remembers the RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting when it still fit in the Palmer House Hilton hotel. When he was a resident, ultrasound was still in its infancy, and CT and MR imaging had yet to be developed. He has watched the specialty evolve dramatically over the course of his career, and he understands the integral role that RSNA has played in the breakthroughs, innovations and discoveries that fuel that evolution.

"I've had an exciting and interesting career as a result of RSNA's efforts and funding in radiologic research," said Dr. Hissong. "My wife Lizabeth and I have both come to have a deep respect for what RSNA does for the field of radiology." The Hissongs have chosen to help ensure that the best in radiologic discoveries and education will continue to thrive by leaving a gift that will support advancements in the field for years to come.

Dr. Hissong has practiced with Ohio-based Radiology Associates of Canton, Inc. for the past 35 years. He also established the Northeast Ohio Ultrasound Society, now one of the most active groups of its kind in the United States. He has consistently participated in key professional organizations, providing local and national leadership in the field of radiology and his specialty of ultrasound. "I've always been highly involved," he said, "and I encourage every radiologist in the country to get involved at any level to support the RSNA R&E Foundation and its mission of promoting research and education in the imaging sciences."

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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.

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"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."

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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.

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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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