Julie and Lance Markowitz's gifts of stock
make giving to the PKD Foundation a win-win.
Their background in banking might have something to do with it. But whatever you attribute it to, there's no denying the Markowitz family has found a great way to support the PKD Foundation and make their contribution work double time.
"We made a stock gift; it was a very easy process" Julie shared. "And to be honest, there are great tax advantages to a donation of that kind."
When a diagnosis of hypertension 10 years ago led to the discovery of PKD, Julie was shocked and didn't know where to turn.
"There was no family history," she said. "My grandfather was on dialysis, but we aren't sure if he had PKD.
"When I was first diagnosed, I had a hard time. I went to the PKD National Convention and got on chat boards to look for information. It was scary."
Julie said the Foundation has connected her with ways to be proactive in dealing with PKD and introduced her to new communities of support.
"I participated in the tolvaptan study," Julie explained. "It was a self-determined step I could take — I consider myself a medical foot soldier."
Today, Julie is healthy and active with a positive outlook.
"My lifestyle is not defined by PKD," she said. "Other than hypertension medication and drinking a lot of water, there are no limits. I'm passionate about exercising and I'm able to live a very full life."
Julie's business acumen influences her charitable giving. The PKD Foundation lives up to her expectations.
"We donate because we are so impressed with every aspect of the PKD Foundation. The consistently low overhead, great leadership and dedication makes donating an easy choice.
"The Foundation is real," she concluded. "They have the analysis and the passion behind the mission that make us feel good about supporting them."
To learn more about making a gift of stock to the PKD Foundation, please call 1.800.PKD.CURE (753.2873) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorable tax laws allow the full-market value to be considered as a tax-deductible contribution (versus cost) of a stock or appreciated security (held for more than one year) when gifted to a public charity, like the PKD Foundation. You may also avoid capital gains tax on these appreciated securities (held for more than one year) when you gift them to a charitable organization.
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