By Nowland Hong
The Huntington has long been recognized not only as a treasure trove of American art and history, but also a resource for academic investigation. After our mother passed away in 1998, my brother, Roger—the family historian—and I were faced with how to manage over 7,000 legal files from our father Y.C. Hong's legal practice, where he represented clients of Chinese descent in immigration matters. Our father had also kept over 50 years of family ephemera, from photographs, motion pictures, and Chinese art books, to architectural drawings covering the development of Los Angeles' New Chinatown.
Even before my mother's passing, she and my brother were concerned with the preservation of my father's legal papers. They met with a number of Huntington representatives before introducing me to a few who expressed interest in the collection. At that time, Roger also inquired into the development of the Chinese Garden at The Huntington—a culturally and historically unique project for the institution. We were both impressed by The Huntington's dedicated commitment to the garden, Liu Fang Yuan. Over time, my brother became acquainted with famed Huntington curators Bill Frank and Alan Jutzi, who had a greater vision for both the legal files and the family ephemera, which they offered to assume.
Due to Roger's failing health, there was some urgency to our decision. As a lawyer, I had once represented a major art donor whose generosity to a local museum resulted in disappointment and litigation, and although the state-of-the-art archives at The Huntington were reassuring, I was still cautious.
Our apprehension was relieved by the care and attention that the collection has been given at The Huntington. My father's papers are part of an ongoing digitization project by the Curatorial Department, and recently my father's legacy was celebrated with an exhibition in the Library, "Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion," curated by Li Wei Yang, curator of Pacific Rim Collections.
I am most pleased to reassure anyone contemplating a donation to The Huntington that it still maintains the highest standards and exceeds all expectations.
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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.
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
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 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.
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 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.