Planned Giving

Tomorrow's Children Endowment

The Tomorrow's Children Endowment was created to ensure financial support to confront the challenges that children, pediatricians, medical subspecialists, and surgical specialists will face in the future. The Endowment complements and differs from the Friends of Children Fund, which is designed to address immediate needs through an annual campaign.

The Tomorrow's Children Endowment income will enhance the ability of the AAP to carry out research, education, advocacy, and community service programs and initiatives that advance pediatrics. The Endowment will provide resources above and beyond operating revenues and resources that will provide the flexibility to address emerging issues.

With your support, the AAP can be more effective in changing public policy, influencing research priorities, and disseminating education globally. Your gift to the AAP is a wise investment that will stand as a statement to your commitment to children. In addition, charitable giving offers significant tax benefits to the donor.  For more information please contact Joe Like, Director Individual Giving and Major Gifts at or 847/434-4740.

The list below shows the most recent projects to benefit from Tomorrow's Children Endowment Funding.

Childhood Obesity 2010-2011
With the support of the Tomorrow’s Children Endowment, the AAP will spend 2011 exploring the creation of an AAP Center for Childhood Obesity. The Center will serve as a vehicle for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment and will translate the evidence into implementation at the systems and individual levels. The proposed vision is that all children and families are engaged in their pursuit of healthy living and receive individual and family-centered support to achieve their optimal health.

PEDS (Pediatric Education in Disasters) -Haiti/Philippines Initiatives 2009-2010
The AAP in collaboration with its organizational partners has developed a training program for pediatricians and other health care professionals in disaster planning. The training program raises awareness and increases competence of relief efforts when disaster occurs. The AAP would like to partner with the professional societies and government agencies in Haiti and the Philippines to establish new national training centers.

Disaster Preparedness-China 2008-2009
The Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS) national training, co-organized by the AAP and the China Ministry of Health, took place in Beijing on October 23-30, 2008. This was the first PEDS training in Asia, and the Chinese government was very supportive of the effort, which called for a timely training in light of the earthquake disaster in May 2008 which left 80,000 dead.

Immunization Alliance 2007-2008
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) established the Immunization Alliance in May 2008 to help restore public trust in immunizations. Member organizations that represent physicians, parents and other medical personnel promote the importance of immunizations and child health recommendations based on credible scientific evidence directly to parents.

Health Disparities Conference 2008
Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health and health care disparities are major contributors to morbidity and mortality in children and adults. These disparities prompted a conference supported by TCE to facilitate a dialogue to stimulate the development of new approaches in solving health disparities. The outcome of this conference was a white paper that conceptualizes this important issue.

Katrina 2005-2006
The Academy has been involved in various efforts following hurricane Katrina. After many discussions with numerous stakeholders, the Academy held a meeting that served as a "needs assessment" to formulate an agenda for the AAP. The overall goal of this meeting was to assess what worked and what did not work for children and pediatricians; the rescue and recovery issues; lessons learned; and ongoing needs following Katrina.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the American Academy of Pediatrics a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

I give and devise to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Federal Tax ID #36-2275597, a non-profit Illinois corporation with principal offices in Itasca, Illinois, [the sum of $__________ or _____% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal] to be used for its general support.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the AAP or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

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 the AAP as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the AAP as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the AAP where you agree to make a gift to the AAP and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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