Your Life. Your Legacy.

Legacy SocietyIn the late 1800s, Myra Brookfield was dismayed that the medical care she needed required her to travel out of Morristown. Determined that her hometown should have its own hospital, she bequeathed her house and property for just that purpose. Today, though the location and name have changed, Morristown Medical Center thrives, indebted to Myra and those who care enough to keep her dream alive.

The Brookfield Legacy Society recognizes those visionaries who, like Myra, are helping us keep our hospital strong for future generations.

As thanks for their generosity, Brookfield Legacy Society members enjoy our annual luncheon, financial planning and personal health seminars, courtesies when hospitalized, and recognition in perpetuity on the hospital's Founders Wall.

Bill Bruen"When someone reflects on his or her life and finds an organization that has contributed to the fullness and quality of the journey, a planned gift is the ultimate thank-you."

- Bill Bruen, Chairman of the Brookfield Legacy Society


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Upcoming Events

  • Brookfield Legacy Society Luncheon
    100 guests
    Thursday, October 5, 2017
    Location—Morris County GC
    Annual event for Brookfield legacy society. Including lunch and guest speaker
  • Professional Advisor Seminar
    Monday October 16, 2017
    Location—475 South Street, Morristown, NJ
    3rd floor board room
    Seminar by Anita Siegel and Lenny Witman
  • Donor Estate Planning Seminar
    Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    Location—475 South Street, Morristown, NJ
    3rd floor board room
    Donor Estate Planning seminar presented by Anita Siegel
  • Planned Giving Women’s Tea
    Thursday, November 30,2017
    Location—The Morris Museum
    *Invite Only


Cynthia W. O'Donnell, JDCynthia W. O'Donnell, JD
Director of Gift Planning

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center 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 Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960, 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 Morristown Medical Center 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Morristown Medical Center as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Morristown Medical Center 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 Morristown Medical Center where you agree to make a gift to Morristown Medical Center 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.

Personal Estate Planning Kit Request Form

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