Harnessing the Power of Gift Planning
At Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Assistant Dean Susan Shapiro has made a bequest to support the school as well as nursing education within Emory Healthcare. In addition to her academic position, Shapiro is associate chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare, where she works to link teaching and research with nursing practice.
She is among a growing number of friends and alumni naming Emory’s schools, units, and programs as estate beneficiaries, a giving strategy that can offer tax benefits while leaving a significant philanthropic legacy.
In Emory School of Medicine, an estate gift from the late Mary Jean Dover of Atlanta has created the Crohn’s Disease Research Fund in the Department of Digestive Diseases. Emory is among the nation’s leaders in studying Crohn’s, a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease linked to problems in the body’s immune system.
A bequest from Sylvia Dodson of Lilburn, Georgia, will help fund Alzheimer’s disease research in the School of Medicine. After losing her husband, James, to the disease, she is acutely aware of the challenges patients and their families face and is determined to help Emory researchers. “I think my husband would be proud of what I am doing,” she says.