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You Can Help Ensure the Future for the Things You Cherish Today


There is something so unique about The Huntington. Its collections represent the most important piece of Los Angeles and Southern California's cultural heritage. In fact, I believe there is no other place like it in the world. Making a gift in support of The Huntington allows me to ensure the continuous heritage of Los Angeles and Southern California in honor of future generations and visitors to The Huntington. –Patricia Geary Johnson

A mere moment and a memory have turned into a life-long love affair for Patricia Geary Johnson and The Huntington Library. From visits as a young girl to see the galleries with her mother to a moment captured for National Geographic in front of Gainsborough's Blue Boy as well as the introduction of friends throughout the Los Angeles area to the wonders of The Huntington, Patricia has never allowed The Huntington to be far from her heart.

As an award-winning artist in her own right, Patricia has long been fascinated with The Huntington's British and European collections. The culmination of her love for British art came at a time when she and her husband, George, were making specific gifts in their estate plans. Conversations ensued, and ultimately, the Johnsons chose to create a gift with vision for the future.

This gift, a specific bequest, will provide acquisition funds for the enrichment of the British and European collections in The Huntington Art Collections. These collections, which were originally developed by Arabella and Henry Huntington and have been the basis of our world-renowned collections of today, now grow through the philanthropy of our very special donors. Patricia's gift will provide a legacy to future generations of visitors to The Huntington.

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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.

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