Standing in front of a photo of their beloved Mt. Whitney, George & Jeanne Wiesseman celebrate 70 years of marriage.

When asked why giving to Loma Linda University makes sense at this stage in their lives, George and Jeanne Wiesseman offer two solid reasons.

First, they appreciate the university's emphasis on global service to help others.

"We're more comfortable with what LLU is doing than we are with some organizations we could donate to," George explains. "There's been tremendous growth since we've been here, but right up to the present, LLU has stayed true to the original mission."

"Lyn Behrens and Dick Hart have kept the focus on missions," Jeanne agrees. "We feel that's tremendously important!"

Second, the office of philanthropy at Loma Linda University offers the Wiesseman's a variety of giving options tailored to their needs.



Romance was in the air in the spring of 1943 when the future Jeanne Wiesseman adjusted the bed of a 3¼ x 4¼ Anniversary Speed Graphic Camera while fiancé George looked on with a smile.

"Over the years, we've made several gifts to LLU," George offers, citing the bargain sale of a house the couple built across the street from their present home as one their contributions.

"That's right," Jeanne agrees. "We added a charitable gift annuity in our daughter's name that will give her some income at a time of need. We also have one or two other annuities in our names."

"The most recent thing we did," George adds, "was set up an annuity trust when we sold our condo."

"We can't take it with us when we go," Jeanne observes.

The Wiesseman's, who are in their late eighties and early nineties, credit their education at Loma Linda University as the foundation for their success. George graduated from the LLU School of Medicine in the class of 1947 while Jeanne earned not one, but five, LLU degrees over the years: a bachelor of science, three masters' degrees, and a doctorate.

The couple served God and humanity—George as an orthopedic surgeon, Jeanne as a medical technologist—in California, Georgia, Texas, Thailand, and Vietnam.

These days, they stay in touch with their kids and grandkids, raise citrus in the backyard, attend weekly services at Loma Linda University Church, and get together with friends.

Looking back, the Wiesseman's are grateful their gifts will benefit future generations of students.

"If we're going to give, we're going to give to something that will make a positive contribution in this troubled world," George concludes.

"We've had so many blessings," Jeanne reflects. "I thank the Lord all the time!"


A charitable gift annuity is an agreement with the charity where the donor makes a gift and receives the right to annuity payments for their lifetime based on the value of the gift. Current annuity payout rates are based on age and range from 4.4 to 9.0 percent. To see how a charitable gift annuity could benefit you, please contact the Office of Planned Giving at 909-558-4553 or email  for more information.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Loma Linda University Health 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 to Loma Linda University Health, a nonprofit corporation currently located at (LegalAddress), or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Loma Linda 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 Loma Linda 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 Loma Linda 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 Loma Linda where you agree to make a gift to Loma Linda 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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