Planned Giving

Respiratory Health Association celebrates, recognizes and serves the charitable gifts and gift intentions of people who make contributions now, or after their lifetime, while enjoying financial benefits as members of our Lung Health Benefactors Society. Together, our Lung Health Benefactors stand behind Respiratory Health Association to enable a sound future for healthy lung initiatives for people from all walks of life across the Chicago area. 

Why should I make a planned gift to Respiratory Health Association?
Making a charitable gift in your estate plan offers the opportunity to change the lung health and well-being of people today and for years to come, while also providing some benefits to your family's financial security.

When should I make a planned gift?
We welcome Lung Health Benefactors at any life stage. Making a gift commitment as a Lung Health Benefactor may provide a wonderful opportunity for you and your loved ones, while also benefitting the people served by Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago.

Who has made planned gifts to promote lung health activities?
People from all walks of life have made legacy gifts supporting the lung health activities of Respiratory Health Association. Among them are people who have volunteered with the Association or people who have been touched by our mission; others have chosen to pay tribute to a loved one through their legacy gift.

More than 50 years ago, as young researchers, David and Christina Cugell began supporting lung health programs and education, as well as policies to ensure cleaner air across Chicagoland. As they neared retirement and considered a strategy to protect and maximize investment return for their nest-egg, the Cugells decided on a charitable gift annuity to benefit Respiratory Health Association while providing them guaranteed lifetime income. They have also generously included Respiratory Health Association in their estate plans.

How can I make a planned gift?

Gifts made through our Lung Health Benefactors Society offer simplicity, flexibility, versatility and tax relief. There are many gift instruments that may achieve your goals. The best option is to consult with a professional advisor who can help identify a gift mechanism that is right for your personal situation. Often, these gifts require thoughtful planning because they involve assets of your estate, rather than gifts of disposable income. Some common gifts are made using:
  • Wills & Bequests
  • Retirement Plans
  • Life Insurance Plans
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Trusts


 If you have questions or would like to join our Lung Health Benefactors Society,
contact Chris Byrne:
Email Chris
(312) 628-0213