The Continuum Center for Health and Healing represents one of the most comprehensive programs undertaken by a teaching hospital in the United States to provide integrative health care. Our vision is to create a center of excellence and leadership that provides safe and effective integrative medicine, conducts cutting-edge research in complementary and alternative therapies, and offers advanced training in integrative medicine for health care professionals and educational programs for the public. We hope you will consider supporting this important work with a charitable contribution.


Ways to support the Continuum Center for Health and Healing

Support can be made in a variety of ways, including:

Gifts of Cash
The simplest and most common way to give. A gift of cash is fully deductible on your income tax return (up to 50% of your adjusted gross income), and is available immediately to the Center. (If you cannot use your full charitable tax deduction in the year you make your gift, the balance may be carried forward for five additional tax years.)

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds), that you have owned for more than one year may be deducted at full market value on the date of transfer to Beth Israel Medical Center. You are entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for up to 30% of your adjusted gross income, and then may carry any unused balance forward for an additional five tax years. You also avoid capital gains tax if your securities have appreciated in value. This represents additional savings of 20%, the capital gains tax you would have paid if you sold your securities outright. Please contact Sylvette DiMartino in the Development Office at (212) 387-6800 for more information.

Planned Giving
A bequest through your will is the simplest and most popular form of a planned gift. Other planned giving vehicles provide income for life or for a designated number of years. These gift arrangements include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts, among others. There are many benefits to be derived from this type of gift, including receiving lifetime annual income for yourself, for you and your spouse, or another person you may wish to provide for. You will receive a charitable tax deduction in the year you make your gift, and you may also reduce your estate taxes.

A planned gift is an easy way for you to make a donation to Center. You can remember the Center through a simple bequest in your will, or arrange a life income gift that will provide for yourself and your loved ones, either during your lifetime or after. Planned gifts are an excellent way to create your legacy and memorialize loved ones. Following is a brief review of some of the most common arrangements:

Bequests
We welcome all bequest gifts to the Center established through your will or living trust, and we urge you to notify us of your gift so we can acknowledge your generosity during your lifetime. You may leave a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or name the Center as a beneficiary of your residuary estate. Following is suggested language to review with your attorney:

"I hereby give, devise and bequeath to Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, to benefit the Continuum Center for Health and Healing, New York, NY (dollar amount, description of property or percentage of estate) to be used for:

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement between you and Beth Israel Medical Center whereby, in exchange for an irrevocable gift of cash or securities, we promise to pay you, and another person of your choice, a guaranteed income for life. Your payout rate is based on the ages of the people receiving income (not more than two). You are entitled to a charitable income tax deduction for part of your gift, and if you use appreciated securities, you can avoid some of the capital gains tax, which you would otherwise incur. Also, part of your income payments may be tax-free. Minimum gift is $5,000.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
Charitable remainder trusts are individually managed and invested gift vehicles that allow you to provide income to yourself or others for life or for a term of years (usually 10, 15 or 20), while making a generous gift to the Center. You would irrevocably transfer assets (cash, securities, real estate or other assets of your choice) to the trust. Each year of the trust's term, you and/or your loved ones will receive an annual income from the trust, which may be tailored to your needs (fixed or variable). You will receive an income tax deduction in the year you establish the trust for the full fair market value of the transferred asset. You also may reduce considerably your estate tax liability. When the trust term ends, the principal passes to the Center. Minimum gift is $100,000.

For more information, please contact Sylvette DiMartino, Director for Gift Planning, in the Development Office at (212) 387-6800.


Corporate Sponsorship
We welcome the opportunity to explore the different ways your company can sponsor work at the Center. In addition, we offer customized educational programs for local and national business, which may be held at the Center or at your company's site. It is our pleasure to thank our corporate partners for their generosity with appropriate recognition.

For more information about how you can help support the Center, please contact Ann Viney, Director for Development, with the Center for Health and Healing, at (212) 387-6800. Gifts should be made payable to Beth Israel Medical Center and specified for the Continuum Center for Health and Healing. Please mail to: Ann Viney, Director, Development Department, Beth Israel Medical Center, First Avenue at 16th Street. New York, NY 10003


Programs you can support

Gifts may be designated for unrestricted purposes as well as for specified programs at the Center. Unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility in planning and meeting the Center's goals. Below are descriptions of current programs that will benefit from your generosity:

The Helping Hands Fund
The Center seeks to ensure that a comprehensive program of integrative medicine is available for everyone regardless of his or her ability to pay. Philanthropic funds will establish an endowed Helping Hands Fund to subsidize care for patients and families with low-incomes and inadequate insurance coverage.

Research
Nearly 50% of Americans are using complementary modalities as a routine part of their health care. A great need exists, however, to conduct scientifically rigorous research in the field of alternative medicine. The Center is collaborating with other health centers, nationally-recognized individual researchers, and other programs and departments at
Beth Israel Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, Inc. To see what studies the Center is currently taking part in, please see Research and Guidelines.

Medical Education
The Center's medical education program will train health care professionals across the country to offer their patients high quality, integrative medicine. Under the auspices of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, an elective rotation in Integrative Medicine has been designed for medical students and residents to ensure that Integrative Medicine is a component of their graduate training. Rotations are open to medical students and residents throughout the country. To view what the Center is currently offering, please see
Professional Education.

Community Education
One of our major goals is to educate the community about Integrative Medicine. We seek to inform the general public about the different therapies and modalities available and the benefits of each, thus empowering individuals to take better care of themselves and to help prevent illness. We offer a full range of classes, lectures, and workshops, which are held both at the Center and off-site. For a current list of events at the Center, please see
Educational Programs.










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