Why Give

The Kansas Education and Research Network (KERN) serves a vital purpose by creating an essential link between primary care and public health. It connects resources to providers and providers to one another while creating a forum where they may learn from and support one another while contributing to the knowledge base for all. As a research body within Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC), KERN is aligned with the KHSC mission of finding collective solutions to advance underserved communities and the shared goal of improved patient outcomes.

Primary care practices support patients and communities. This role is abundantly clear in rural Kansas. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recognizes that primary care and public health were two essential aspects of the national health care system.

Your tax-deductible gift will not only serve to support individual research projects, it will also support the development of a better-integrated health care system that serves communities. Your gift will help our members improve the lives of patients and communities through scientific study and innovation.

Thank you for your generous support!

Ways to Give

Your gift will be dedicated to the purpose of furthering primary care research through KERN helping build stronger, more vibrant communities. Your gift may be made either directly or through a gift model that can provide tax benefits and even income. We encourage you to visit with your family, financial and accounting advisers, or attorneys as you consider your philanthropic plans.

With the help of an attorney, you can make a gift bequest, after others have been provided for, of a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of the value of the estate, or what is left to Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC). This can be done through planning within your will, retirement account or life insurance policy. Contact us for more information here.

Those who are 72½ or older can direct up to $100,000 of their required minimum distributions to charity, annually. The money given to the charity will not increase your adjusted gross income or generate a taxable income. Other tax benefits may also be experienced. Contact us for more information here.

You can designate KHSC as a beneficiary of all or part of retirement, investment or bank accounts, or life insurance policies but still retain full ownership and control during your lifetime. At your passing, the account balances will be paid to named beneficiaries without probate. Contact us for more information here.
In exchange for a gift of cash, stock, or securities, the nonprofit organization or another party will pay you or another person named a guaranteed income for a period of years. A substantial tax deduction is given the year the gift is made, and part of the income is tax-free. Upon your death, the gift remainder goes to further the mission of KHSC. Deferred options are also possible and can serve as an effective retirement planning vehicle. Contact us for more information here.
You can donate your appreciated assets and receive income for life, up to 20 years or life plus a term of 20 years. Capital gain taxes are avoided, and you receive a tax deduction. Upon completion of agreed payments, the remainder will be used to advance the mission of KHSC. Contact us for more information here.

Your assets may be transferred to a trust that pays income from the fund to KHSC for a predetermined number of years. At the end of the term of years, the trust terminates, and the assets are given back to the person you name. The income tax deduction is for payments made annually to the nonprofit organization although there are tax considerations for those who receive the corpus of the lead trust once payments end to KHSC. Contact us for more information here.

You can receive a substantial income tax deduction by giving (deeding) your home or farm to KHSC now. You will continue to live there, maintain the property as usual, and even receive any income it generates. At your death, KHSC will sell the property to further the mission of health care system development. Contact us for more information here.

Types of Gifts

Cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift. You can make a single contribution, a pledge over multiple years, or join our monthly sustainer program. Benefits of a cash donation include:

  • Making an immediate and lasting impact
  • Receiving a charitable tax deduction

Donating all or part of your appreciated real estate such as a home, vacation property, ranch, land, farmland, or commercial property is simple and beneficial for many reasons:

  • Avoiding capital gains tax on the sale of real estate
  • Receiving a charitable tax deduction for value of gift (FMV must be determined by independent appraisal)

Appreciated securities are a tax-effective and simple gift. Benefits include:

  • Avoiding paying capital gains taxes on appreciated securities
  • Receiving a tax deduction the year it is gifted

You can leave all or part of your unused retirement assets to KHSC. Heirs will likely be taxed on 60% or more of your assets, but as a nonprofit organization we are not taxed. The full value of your gift would remain with KHSC and your estate will benefit from an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift. Some benefits include:

  • Avoiding potential estate tax on retirement assets
  • Receiving potential estate tax savings

Your life insurance policy can be designated so that all or part of the benefit will help further the mission of KHSC and provide access to health care for Kansans. KHSC may retain or sell the policy for its cash value. Some benefits include:

  • Receiving a charitable tax deduction
  • If retained to maturity, receiving additional tax deductions by making an annual gift to cover cost of the premium