A Well-Lived, Philanthropic Life

Alice Jan Minatra

Alice Jan Minatra

Alice Jan Minatra was no stranger to philanthropy. In fact, she dedicated her life to helping others. She gave freely of her time, talent and resources to many Houston charities including the Houston Symphony League, Rice University, the Salvation Army and Child Advocates.

According to her daughter, Amanda Hesse, Minatra was “a very generous woman who couldn’t turn her back to a person, especially a child in need. My brother, David, and I are both very proud of her accomplishments and her generosity to others.” So, after a lifetime of philanthropic endeavors, it did not surprise anyone when Minatra remembered her favorite charities, including Texas Children’s Hospital, in her will.

Minatra’s gift to Texas Children’s Hospital was not only inspired by her philanthropic spirit, but also by an event that occurred years earlier. When Amanda was very young, Minatra took her to Texas Children’s Hospital for surgery.

The staff at the hospital treated her daughter with such wonderful care that Minatra thought of TCH when planning her will.

Little did Minatra realize that in 2003 Amanda would return to Texas Children’s Hospital seeking cancer treatment for her own son, Carson. Sadly, Minatra would not live to meet her grandson, nor would she know that her gift to TCH would someday help him in his fight against cancer.

Today, Carson is a happy, thriving toddler. And, thanks to his grandmother’s gift, Carson and children like him will continue to benefit from the research and treatment that Minatra helped fund.

You too can make a difference in the lives of our children and their families. To create a planned or deferred gift benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital, contact Brena Baumann-Gonzalez, JD, or via e-mail at bvbauman@texaschildrens.org.

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The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Texas Children's Hospital as a lump sum.

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