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Malcolm DeLong

Malcolm DeLongMalcolm DeLong is an affable 75-year-old who lives simply in his apartment, having retired after nearly 37 years as a groundskeeper for the City of Allentown and the Allentown School District. He did most of his traveling back in the 1950's when he was in the Army serving overseas.

Mal doesn't think of himself as a philanthropist, but he is. Careful investing through the years has let him continue to live modestly while a grateful heart has motivated him to name Good Shepherd as beneficiary of his retirement assets. For Mal, who has multiple sclerosis, it's his way of giving back to an organization that has come to play a vital role in his life.

Diagnosed with MS in 1992, Mal couldn't believe it was happening to him. He ignored it and continued on with his life. The disease had little impact then. Four years later though, a painful MS attack robbed him of the ability to walk. He began treatment for the disease he had long denied and regained the use of his legs, relying on a cane to get around.

In 2001, Mal saw an ad in the newspaper about Good Shepherd's MS Wellness Group. He came to a meeting and has become one of the group's most steadfast members, participating in yoga, group outings and other social activities. "These people are like a second family to me," Mal says.

Mal was so grateful for the program, he made a generous donation in 2004, since followed by other gifts. But Mal wanted to do more. After careful consideration, he decided to name Good Shepherd as the beneficiary of his retirement plan. He recognizes that this future gift will help others in ways he can only imagine today. Knowing his philanthropy will strengthen Good Shepherd's 100-year mission of service to people with disabilities gives Mal a tremendous sense of satisfaction. As a result of his planned gift, Mal is now a member of Good Shepherd's 1908 Raker Society.

"It can be done," Mal says of charitable giving. "And it makes me feel good. This is the best place."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania [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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd where you agree to make a gift to Good Shepherd 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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