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Meet Ruth L. Bush, MD, JD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Bush is a Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, a partnership between the Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Houston, TX, and practicing vascular surgeon.
For Dr. Ruth Bush, giving back is a way of life. Despite her busy career as a vascular surgeon and medical program director, Dr. Bush also gives her time for missionary medical trips, provides mentorship to medical students, and is an ACS Foundation board officer.
Dr. Bush and her husband, Mr. William A. Fife, IV, also donate generously to ACS and will continue this generosity into the future as members of the ACS Foundation's legacy society. By simply including the ACS as one of the beneficiaries of their estate, they will ensure their values as reflected through the work of ACS. Their legacy gift will help support key philanthropic initiatives like Operation Giving Back, which connects ACS Fellows to global surgical volunteerism.
Dr. Bush explained her enthusiasm to give back, stating, "We all are given many gifts, including our ability to operate and change our patients' lives as surgeons. We need to give back on many levels. I have been impressed with the outreach and the projects to which the Foundation contribute. I wanted to a part of this inspiring process."
As an ACS Fellow, you may wish to include the ACS as a beneficiary in your own legacy planning. Get started through a confidential conversation with Shane Hollett at 312-202-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 ACS Foundation 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 ACS Foundation as a lump sum.