Looking forward to 2019
The happiest of New Years to you and your loved ones!
Thank you for taking time to read the latest edition of Messenger. In these pages you will learn about amazing work done in support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 2018. None of it, of course, would be possible without your support, your prayers and your encouragement. For all of this, I am extremely grateful.
Looking ahead to 2019, I am excited that we will be able to expand our mission to more people than ever before. We have many innovations in the works that are designed to promote independence and inclusion for people across the country.
We also have plans for new outreach into the communities we serve, including our congregations. I cannot wait for them to bear fruit and make a meaningful impact. Of course, we depend on you and all of our generous donors to help us grow. As you read about the progress we are making, I respectfully ask you to consider making a special donation today to empower people we support to achieve more. Leading the way as our field changes is what sets Bethesda apart. I hope you share in my excitement for what is to come.
Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful 2019!
Mike Thirtle, PhD
President & CEO Bethesda
I am Indispensable! You are the body of Christ; each one of you is a part of it.
– 1 Corinthians 12
What Are CGAs?: • Any one or two donors receive fixed payments for their lives (payments vary by the age). • Fixed payments are competitive with most fixed income investments on the market. • Donor(s) may begin payments immediately or choose to defer payments. • Income payments terminate on the death of the annuitant(s), at which point Bethesda uses remaining funds to support its mission.
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What is the Impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Your Contributions?
Since tax laws are constantly changing, we want you to be aware of the changes that occurred in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. • Substantially increased the standard deduction. • Doubled the estate and gift tax exemptions. • Placed limits on state and local taxes and mortgage loan interest deductions. • Eliminated the home equity loan interest deduction. • Increased the contribution limit on charitable gifts of cash.
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Al Troyke Leaves a Lasting Legacy
Al Troyke demonstrated his love for Bethesda’s mission through a lifetime of support. He gave generously through gifts of stock, cash and gift annuities throughout his lifetime to help make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Mary is on the job with your support
When Mary was born at 25 weeks and one-and-a-half pounds, doctors predicted her chances
of survival were small. If she survived, they said she would live in a wheelchair and never walk, talk or run.
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On the Move, On a Mission
We’re excited to share that the new Bethesda Ambassador program is off to a strong start! Our Ambassadors are people of all ages and walks of life who share a passion for the Bethesda mission and are eager to connect congregations to that mission.
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