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Patient, colleague and friend makes charitable bequest to honor Dr. Richard Silver

Patient, colleague and friend makes charitable bequest to honor Dr. Richard Silver
Dr. Richard Silver and Ann Donaldson
Ann Donaldson never second-guessed her gift in honor of Dr. Richard Silver. "I owe him my life," she said recently.

When Ann experienced a choking scare one day in her office, Dr. Silver performed the Heimlich maneuver. "He told me now I definitely could not retire until he did," she added.

Ann is a grateful patient, a dear friend and well-respected colleague of Dr. Silver. For more than 30 years, she worked in the rheumatology division at MUSC before she retired in 2012.

"I always told myself that I would wait for him to retire before I did, but sometimes you are called to do other things, like care for elderly parents," Ann said. Although she is no longer working in the rheumatology division, Ann has found another way to still remain active and give back to a place that she loves dearly.

"Financially, it just makes sense," Ann said in reference to her recent planned gift to the Richard M. Silver, MD Endowed Chair in Rheumatology and Immunology. Ann has chosen to give a percentage of her estate through a charitable bequest, one of the easiest ways to leave a lasting legacy at MUSC. Donors who give through a charitable bequest may also choose to contribute a specific dollar amount or a portion of the balance remaining in their estate after gifts and expenses. A bequest provides specific direction in a donor's will for a gift to MUSC. By making a bequest, Ann is impacting many generations to come, all while leaving her legacy.

After working for many years in research administration, Ann realizes the importance of an endowment at a state institution such as MUSC. "State funding is always cut, over and over again," she said. "Grant funding can be difficult. An endowment can provide a steady stream of income. You don't have to worry so much when you are planning out a budget," Ann said.

Dr. Silver appreciates the value of an endowed gift. "I am extremely humbled by the establishment of an endowed chair in my name, especially since this endowment will help attract and retain the next leader for the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology," he said. "In these times of tight budgets and financial constraints, endowments from grateful patients and philanthropic donors are crucial for the successful accomplishment of our missions – research, education and patient care."

The gift that Ann has made through her will is something she hopes will provide a constant stream of funding for the rheumatology division. "The great thing about all of this is just because I have decided to make a planned gift, it does not stop me from giving now," she said.

"By choosing to make a gift that is a percentage of my estate, I am not bound to any number. It may be greater, it may be less," she added. "The wonderful thing about giving a percentage of your estate is that the value may grow to an even greater gift than you originally thought."

If you are interested in learning more about a bequest and other planned gifts, check out our Giving Guide. For more information, please contact Natalie Hahn at 843-792-0002 or Hahn@musc.edu.