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Christine and Brad Mishler


Christine and Brad Mishler

The Huntington was a special place for both Brad and Christine Mishler. As active supporters for three decades, they took a vibrant interest in Colonial and 19th century American Art as well as Native American art and artifacts. The Mishlers became members in of The Huntington in 1971 and joined the Society of Fellows in 1990. Their commitment to the future of The Huntington earned them a place in the Arabella and Henry Huntington Heritage Society.

The Mishlers traced their roots to Ohio. Brad's ancestors helped to establish Ashland College where Christine later taught art history, design and drawing. Brad spent most of his adult life in Southern California. His relationship with The Huntington was actually begun through his parents. As early as 1933, Carlos Mishler and later in 1941, Abbie Mishler, were actively engaged as readers at The Huntington.

Both Brad and Christine enjoyed The Huntington as thoroughly and frequently as possible. Her love of gardening began following a move into a retirement community in 1988. There she discovered a passion for artistic expression through design incorporating both traditional and native plants. When the staff shared dreams for the Botanical Complex of buildings, Brad and Christine were willing to make a lasting commitment to the future of Huntington programs. The fact that the mission of the main building was and is dedicated to the care of the gardens as well as serving scholars, passionate gardeners and our visiting public, spoke volumes to them. A gift from Christine's estate made the Bradford M. and Christine J. Mishler Botanical Resource Center and Bradford M. and Christine J. Mishler Building and Maintenance Endowment a reality.

Brad's love of American art was only a small indication of his intense knowledge of the American art form. He committed a lasting tribute through his estate by creating the Mishler American Art Endowment and the position of the Mishler Curatorial Fellow in American Art.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Huntington a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

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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

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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 Huntington 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.

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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 Huntington 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 Huntington 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 Huntington where you agree to make a gift to The Huntington 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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