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Remembering the Ranch - A Donor's Story

What could be better than knowing a special charity of yours will benefit by your gift in the "here after."

During dinner at a restaurant in Manhattan in 1987 a friend of mine mentioned that Paul Newman was creating a camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut. Having spent nine memorable years at a camp in the Adirondacks, this concept seemed like an interesting cause to research... special needs children attending a special camp...what an amazing idea!

For over ten years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp became a major priority for me. Visiting camp-observing visually impaired children going on trail rides, kids in wheelchairs getting to swim in the lake and children who require assistance by the use of crutches running relay races-were all the norm. They were having a lot of fun. Just like kids at the camp I attended!

Before we met, Jay and I had each become familiar with the Double H Ranch through different life experiences. As a camper I went to Charley Wood's amusement parks...Frontier Town...Story Town...all were great memories of special trip days at camp; while Jay knew of Charley from being a local in Upstate New York.

Jay's camping experiences were different then mine. I loved camp and Jay did not. However, we both agree on the importance of a camp experience.

We continue to make camp part of our lives. Whenever we take our out-of -town guests to the Adirondacks we drive by my old camp on Schroon Lake and point out the original bunks.

Jay and I feel very fortunate that our path led us to the Double H Ranch as volunteers. We especially enjoy volunteering on new arrival days; watching the kids arrive with great excitement and/or fear that quickly turns into a smile as they are surrounded by staff who immediately draw them into the magic of camp. Visiting camp during the summer cannot be have to go and experience it for yourself. Volunteering for everyday chores and serving on various committees makes our current Double H experience particularly rewarding.

Jay and I feel fortunate that we are able to help children experience camp life, and we hope that others will have a strong feeling for the Ranch and be inspired to leave a bequest to preserve this unique and very special place.

-Jay and Georgia Horner

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Double H Ranch, A SeriousFun Camp 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

Bequest Language

The official bequest language for Double H Ranch, A Hole in the Wall Camp is: "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Double H Ranch, A Hole in the Wall Camp [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Ranch 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 Ranch 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 Ranch 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 Ranch where you agree to make a gift to the Ranch 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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