Cultivate Your Legacy: Planned Giving to a Providence Foundation Can Yield a Harvest of Health and Hope

October 01, 2013

In her 65 years of life, Bonnie Jue was known as a loving wife, a devoted friend, an animal lover and a community advocate.

She complemented her love of animals and volunteerism with her skill as a master gardener—growing vegetables at the Sepulveda Basin Community Garden Center for primates at the Los Angeles Zoo. The zoo even asked her to create and maintain “Bonnie’s Garden” on-site.

Unfortunately, Bonnie was diagnosed with cancer, which weakened her to the point where her husband, Phil, needed help with her care and comfort.

He turned to Providence TrinityCare Hospice.

“They were caring, but they also were honest and direct—which I wanted,” Phil says. “The hospice staff who came to this house, no matter what time of day, were always gentle and respectful, and they never left too soon. They were wonderful.”

In response to the care and dignity that Providence TrinityCare Hospice offered to Bonnie during her final months, Phil was moved to pledge their estate through planned giving. Gifts like his—and yours—evoke the gardening principles that Bonnie so loved.

Here’s how to “grow” your own legacy.

1. Choose where to plant

Phil chose Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation to ensure that the loving assistance his wife received carries on for future generations. Providence Foundations in Southern California support five regional medical centers and hospice care. Learn more about them at Providence Foundation.

2. Plot your garden’s size and shape

Planned gifts can include an entire estate or a set dollar amount—or anything in between. “Whether it’s a dollar amount, property, an insurance policy or an annuity, these gifts directly help Providence families and patients,” says Robin Steen, director of individual giving for Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.

3. Till the soil

Talk to your loved ones about what is important to you as you plan for the future. You may want to talk to your financial or legal advisor as you consider the form and timing of your gift.

4. Plant the seeds

Phil has made his intentions known to pledge his entire estate to Providence. “What’s exciting is that, since he’s telling us about this now, we have time to honor this estate gift during his lifetime,” Steen says.

5. Imagine your harvest

Through proper planning, your estate can leave a legacy of love and care, not only to your family and friends, but to many others in need of the excellent and compassionate care offered through Providence medical centers and hospice care in Southern California.