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Gifts of Real Estate
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The Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation will consider gifts of real property; both improved and unimproved (e.g., detached single-family residences, condominiums, apartment buildings, rental property, commercial property, farms, acreage, etc.), including gifts subject to a retained life estate, only after a thorough review by the Foundation office.
The Foundation will work with the donor and his or her advisor in completing a Gift Acceptance Form, prior to acceptance of the gift of real estate. Prior to acceptance of real estate, the Foundation may require an initial environmental review of the property to ensure that the property has no environmental damage. In the event that the initial inspection reveals a potential problem, the Foundation shall retain a qualified inspection firm to conduct an environmental audit. The cost of the environmental audit shall generally be an expense of the donor.
Real estate gifts are complex in nature and often times there are a series of liability issues associated with acceptance, however real estate is also one of the most commonly owned assets. Sometimes a real estate gift is not appropriate because it will create a problem, or will divert the focus of the health care mission of Mercy and Unity Hospitals.
A practical review of the property begins with an analysis by the Foundation that considers a number of issues. Criteria for the Foundation’s acceptance of the property shall include:
Mercy & Unity Hospitals Foundation will accept a remainder interest in a personal residence, farm, or vacation property subject to the provisions of gift acceptance guidelines above. The donor or other occupants may continue to occupy the real property for the duration of the stated life.
At the death of the donor, the Foundation may use the property or reduce it to cash. Where the Foundation receives a gift of a remainder interest, expenses for maintenance, real estate taxes, and any property indebtedness are to be paid by the donor or primary beneficiary.
The Foundation may accept oil and gas property interests, when appropriate. Prior to acceptance of an oil and gas interest the gift shall be approved by the gift acceptance committee, and if necessary, by our legal counsel. Both the donor and the Foundation should consider many issues before funding a charitable remainder trust (CRT) with real property. Questions may include:
We encourage consideration of real estate gifts and the involvement of qualified legal advisors on behalf of our donors in these matters. The Foundation welcomes the opportunity to discuss the type of asset being considered, disposition plans and timing of gifts of real property.