Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are incredibly impactful to nonprofit organizations and an opportunity for our supporters to be thoughtful as they create their legacy. It’s never too early to think about organizing your estate: Your wish to make a planned gift through the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation will make a transformational impact to The Elliot. You will help care for the health and well-being of our community for years to come.

There are many ways to leave a lasting impact on a charitable organization. Planned gifts are the best means for ensuring that your charitable wishes are fulfilled while ensuring income and stability for you and your loved ones. Here are a few examples of the options available:

You don't have to use cash to make your gift. You can donate appreciated securities instead and use an asset that costs you less than the tax deduction you'll receive for it. To make a transfer to the Elliot, please call the Foundation at 603-663-2834, or email us at We will need the following four pieces of information to initiate your transfer: 1. Donor(s) name(s); 2. Name of stock(s) to be transferred; 3. Number of shares being transferred and; 4. Purpose of the donation.

We will provide specific information for the transfer after we have this information so the shares received may be properly credited to the proper donor(s).

This is a common type of planned gift that requires only language in an individual’s estate plans (will or trust) leaving cash, property or real estate to The Elliot. Bequests are revocable. If you have already established a provision in your will remembering The Elliot, please notify us so we may properly acknowledge your gift. Please include this language in your will to make an estate gift to The Elliot:

"I give, devise, and bequeath (describe dollar amount, property to be given or percentage of your residuary estate), to the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, a not for profit, 501 (c) (3) organization, located at Bedford Commons, 701 Riverway Place, Building 7, Bedford, NH 03110-9930, to be used by said organization to meet the immediate or future needs of the hospital, as determined by the Foundation Board of Trustees."

These are a more sophisticated way of leaving a planned gift and can take on different forms (Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) or a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT)). Both types of Charitable Remainder Trusts provide for specific distributions for one or more beneficiaries for life with an irrevocable interest to be held for the benefit of a charitable organization.

You may be eligible to make a tax-free gift directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). A permanent law enacted in December of 2015 allows individuals who are age 70 ½ or older to make a distribution from their IRA directly to charity. Although this direct gift to charity counts toward satisfying your required minimum distribution requirements, the amount of the distribution is excluded from your taxable income. Donors may transfer up to $100,000 directly from their IRA in a given year and must transfer the funds outright, and directly, to one or more qualified charities.

You may donate property or a residence, or a percentage of the residence, to The Elliot while retaining the right for you and/or a spouse to live in the house for life or until sold. You receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction for your ultimate gift to Elliot and effectively remove the property, or a portion of the property, from your estate. Furthermore, a gift in the form of a retained life estate does not prevent you from relocating at a later point.

These are contracts established between donors and the charity of their choice allowing the charity to enjoy the benefit of a more substantial gift while the donor receives a guaranteed payment each year from the charity. The American Council on Gift Annuities offers appropriate rates, so charitable organizations are not competing based on rates offered to prospective donors.

These are somewhat opposite of a Charitable Remainder trust in that the CLT is established with a distribution flowing to the charitable organization for a specified period of time. The remainder interest is retained by the donor and reverts to him or her or some other specified, non-charitable beneficiary.

Donors may name a charity as the beneficiary of their policy. Accepting life insurance does come with risk if the policy is one that is not paid.

Donors may name a charity as the beneficiary in whole or in part or as a contingency beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan (IRA’s, 401k’s, 403b’s, and more).

*(Consult your financial or estate planning professional for advice and additional information that is right for you. All gifts made to The Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation support programs and services of the Elliot Health System.)

Ways to Give

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Please make payable to the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation, and mail to:

Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation
Bedford Commons
701 Riverway Place, Bldg. 7
Bedford, NH 03110-9930

Matching Gifts

You may be able to increase your gift through a matching gift program offered by your employer. Many companies offer programs to match their employees’ charitable contributions. 

Search for your employer below. In the search results, if there is a link for your company’s Intranet, please use this to log in and submit your request. Not finding your employer? You may still have a matching gift program, so ask your HR representative.

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Monthly Giving

Monthly donations make an impact in the lives of the patients we serve all year! Your credit card will be charged the day you sign up, and every month thereafter on that day. Your monthly donation is 100 percent tax deductible and is a great way to support the life-saving work being done at the Elliot every day. Your donations will support the area of your choice and are available to the department each month to support clinical upgrades, patient programs, and staff training.

Sign up for your monthly donation online at at

Elliot Physicians and Employees

If you are an Elliot employee, please visit our Intranet page for more information or to give via payroll deduction.

Contact Us

For more information about planned giving and the Mary Elliot Society, please contact Kelli Rafferty at the Mary & John Elliot Charitable Foundation.