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Donald J. Digby, MD: Commitment to a Cure

Dr. Donald DigbyDr. Donald Digby's career as an ophthalmologist spanned almost four decades. In that time, he and his wife raised five children and welcomed seven grandchildren. He has seen his practice, Digby Eye Associates, grow to include two thriving offices in North Carolina, and he has witnessed glaucoma treatments evolve from the eye drops of the 1970s to today's laser and drug treatments.

With the future of his patients and their families in mind, Donald, whose own father had glaucoma, decided to include Glaucoma Research Foundation in his estate plans. "In my will are my children, my church and Glaucoma Research Foundation," he says.

Having helped more than 5,000 patients with glaucoma, Donald developed deep relationships with those who face this type of vision loss. "When it comes to my glaucoma patients, they know my children's names and I know their children's names. They're like family to me," Donald says. "I want to do everything I can to keep them from going blind. That's why I support Glaucoma Research Foundation and their search for a cure."

Donald relies on Glaucoma Research Foundation to provide educational brochures to his office, which he then distributes to his patients and their families. "I hand the brochures out to every patient with glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma, and I tell them to read Glaucoma Research Foundation's newsletter and visit their website for additional information," Donald says.

"Glaucoma Research Foundation is very careful about who they give research dollars to and they're very forward thinking by funding researchers who are looking for things that will make a difference," Donald continues. "Glaucoma Research Foundation is motivated by altruism, and they've never let me down."

Glaucoma Research Foundation is indebted to Donald for his extraordinary dedication to his patients and ongoing partnership in our search for a cure. We are honored to welcome him as a member of the Blanche Matthias Society in recognition of his commitment to support our sight-saving endeavors through his estate plans.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Glaucoma Research Foundation 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

"I give to Glaucoma Research Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at San Francisco, CA, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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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.

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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 Glaucoma Research Foundation 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 gift 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 receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Glaucoma Research Foundation as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. 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 Glaucoma Research Foundation 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 a third party where you agree to make a gift to Glaucoma Research Foundation and they, 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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