Planned Giving – Ways to Plan Wisely

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There are a variety of ways to achieve your financial goals, maximize the impact of your giving to Weill Cornell Medicine, and create your unique legacy to improve the future of medicine.

Tax-wise strategies that can protect your needs and enhance your gift’s impact

  • Future Gifts: Minimal cost, easy to arrange and allow full control of your assets during your lifetime. Gifts may be for a specific dollar amount, percentage, full or partial remainder of your assets.
    • Bequest in a Will or Revocable Trust: As simple as adding a sentence or codicil.
    • Beneficiary Designations: Fill out a beneficiary form for your retirement, donor-advised funds, financial accounts or life insurance policy.
    • Our correct, legal name is:
      Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY, for the benefit of its Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY.” Our tax ID is #15-0532082. (We can work with you and your advisor to customize a gift designation that is most meaningful for you.)
  • Gifts that Provide Tax and Payment Benefits in Return
    • Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA): Provides you or loved ones immediate fixed annuity payments, based on age of annuitant(s) when established. Call for our latest rates.
    • Charitable Remainder Trust: Provides you or loved ones fixed rate or variable rate payments, with greater flexibility than a CGA.
    • Charitable Lead Trust (CLT): Provides fixed annual payments to Weill Cornell Medicine and tax savings for the donor or heirs.

Flexible assets that make giving easier

  • Appreciated Securities: Gifts of marketable securities held for more than one year are for the full fair market value and allow you to eliminate capital gains tax.
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from Retirement Accounts: If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a tax-wise qualified charitable distribution from your IRA of up to $100,000 per person ($200,000 per couple) to Weill Cornell Medicine.
  • Donor-Advised Funds (DAFs): Ongoing grants can be made from your DAF to Weill Cornell Medicine, or from DAFs funded in prior years. Establishing a DAF can provide a charitable deduction.
  • Real Estate, Bargain Sale, Retained Life Estate: You can contribute the entire asset, or donate it and continue to live in the property.
  • Other Assets: Art, personal collections, private or corporate stock, or royalties may be an option.

The Lewis Atterbury Stimson Society – Join Us!

The Stimson Society honors a distinguished community of alumni, faculty, friends, patients and staff who have included Weill Cornell Medicine as a beneficiary in their financial or estate plans. Members are invited to special events, including our Plan Well, Live Well webinars, and receive our Philanthropist newsletter. If you have included Weill Cornell Medicine in your plans, please let us know so we may honor your generosity.

We Can Help

To learn more, or to request a personalized, obligation-free gift illustration, please contact:

Lisa Lager, Director of Planned Giving
(646) 962-9567 or

This is general information on tax and financial planning for our friends and supporters. Please consult your attorney or other advisor as to the applicability of any option to your personal situation.

Stay Connected, Stay Informed

Plan Well, Live Well Webinars – Join us for these free educational webinars that offer valuable perspectives from experts on personal, financial and estate planning. You will hear how to build a more stable financial future, supplement retirement income, provide more for heirs and enhance the impact of your giving.

Upcoming Webinars

Contact us to register at 646-962-9567 or




Planning Wisely: Strategies to Secure the Future for Yourself, Your Family and Your Favorite Causes

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Past Webinars




Essential Planning Strategies 2021 Update – What You Need to Know

Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP, JD, an estate planning attorney and member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Professional Advisory Council, provides an update on economic and tax law policy changes and how they may impact your estate and financial planning.




Understanding Market Opportunities and Risks During Unusual Economic Times

Kim Isaacs Katz, a financial adviser and member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Professional Advisory Council, and Roosevelt D. Bowman, an investment strategist, share key steps you can take today to plan well and live well.




Important 2020 Tax Law Changes and Year-End Planning Opportunities: What You Need to Know

Two members of the Weill Cornell Medicine Professional Advisory Council – investment adviser and financial planner Jacques E. Boubli, CFP and attorney and accountant Avery E. Neumark, CPA, JD, LLM – explain how to navigate the new tax laws (the SECURE Act and CARES Act), supplement retirement income, provide more for heirs and create a lasting legacy.




Planning Wisely for Yourself, Your Family and Your Favorite Causes

Jill Miller, Esq., an estate planning attorney and member of the Weill Cornell Medicine Professional Advisory Council, shares key steps you can take today to plan for a more secure future.

Philanthropist newsletters – Library of past issues

Anyone can be a philanthropist! Get fresh planning insights and read how many friends, alumni, faculty and staff have created meaningful future gifts for Weill Cornell Medicine. Click the links below to download.

PDF icon Philanthropist Fall 2020

PDF icon Philanthropist Spring 2020

PDF icon Philanthropist Fall 2019

PDF icon Philanthropist Spring 2019

PDF icon Philanthropist Fall 2018

PDF icon Philanthropist Spring 2018

PDF icon Philanthropist Fall 2017

PDF icon Philanthropist Spring 2017

 Philanthropist Fall 2016

 Philanthropist Fall 2015

 Philanthropist Fall 2014