Meet Our Donors


Finding Comfort in Amazing Doctors, Family and Friends
Stephanie and Richard Anderson’s lives changed on a fateful day in March when their son, Krew, was diagnosed with leukemia. Now, they look forward to celebrating Krew’s first birthday at home.
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With a Team of Experts Behind Him, 3-Year-Old Zayln Is Forging Ahead
Zayln Soerjawitaka is more than just a kid with Trisomy 18. With a team of doctors dedicated to his well-being, Zayln’s family feels confident he’s receiving the best care possible.
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Donor Spotlight: Gates Estate Gift Launches Children’s Changing Lives Together Capital Campaign
Even though Mrs. Gates passed away in 2013, her affection for and desire to help the people of Nebraska will live on through the generous gifts of her estate.
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Pilot’s Gift Helps Children Soar
Captain David Watson has traveled throughout the world, but his heart is never far from his adopted hometown of Omaha.
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A Tiny Package With a Big Personality
Seven-year-old Milly Ortiz has had more hospitalizations, procedures and surgeries at Children's Hospital & Medical Center than her parents can remember.
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Taking Nothing for Granted
As a former teacher, Marleen Muenster knows firsthand the amazing potential that lives in each child.
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Investing in Children’s Future
As a former teacher, Marleen Muenster knows firsthand the amazing potential that lives in each child.
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Finding a New Normal
Stefanie Gottula thought her son Gunnar just had a bug. He had the symptoms of a stomach virus—loss of appetite and frequent trips to the bathroom. But when those symptoms continued, Stefanie and her husband became more concerned.
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Growing Up Grateful
The medical team at Children's Hospital & Medical Center normally hears "thank yous" from the grateful parents and relatives of the children in their care.
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Fleming Endowed Chair a First for Children's
William H. Fleming, M.D., knows a thing or two about being first. As the first pediatric heart surgeon in Omaha, Fleming helped lay the foundation for Children's Hospital & Medical Center's reputation of excellence in the treatment of infants and children who suffer from congenital heart disease.
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From Grateful Patient to Active Advocate
For Ellen and Stavely Wright, parenthood—as it so often does—changed everything.
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Unbreakable Spirit
It's no secret that Juliana Scheopner loves horses. During an appointment at Children's, the blond 8-year-old who goes by "Jules" dons her beloved horse slippers and settles in for the five-hour intravenous treatment that strengthens her bones and relieves pain.
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Robert Harding Continues His Family's Legacy of Giving
The Harding family has believed in the mission of Children's Hospital & Medical Center since its very beginning. Agnes Harding was there for the groundbreaking in 1946. If you look closely at the photo of Agnes, you'll notice she's wearing orthopedic shoes—a visible reminder of her battle with polio.
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Family Honors Son's Lifesavers With Planned Gift
A tile on the outdoor plaza at the Specialty Pediatric Center reads "For the Kids Fighting Cancer—Beresh Family." It's a tribute to Steve and Kellie Beresh's teenage son, Jake, and serves as a testament to the family's ongoing commitment to Children's Hospital & Medical Center.
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Nebraska Native Bestows Gift to Children's Hospital
The generosity of Nebraska native, Carl W. Knori, has resulted in a $962,000 bequest gift to Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the gift will be invested in programs and services that aid children with burns and disabilities.
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Trust Fund to Benefit Children's Hospital's Education
LaVone Liljedahl of Essex, Iowa, is an example of a donor with a charitable remainder trust through Children’s Hospital Foundation. For many years, Mrs. Liljedahl and her husband, John, who is now deceased, owned the First National Bank in Essex, which is now Bank of Iowa.
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A Legacy of Love
A sad fact of life is that sometimes the lives of our loved ones are cut short. There are hundreds of reasons, from medical conditions to tragic accidents. There is no greater pain for a parent than to lose a child.
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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Children's Hospital & Medical Center 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 Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 8401 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68114-3493, or its successor thereto, ______________* [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 Children's Hospital & Medical Center 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.

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 Children's Hospital & Medical Center 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 Children's Hospital & Medical Center 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 Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation where you agree to make a gift to Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation 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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