Volunteer, Guild Member Makes IRA Gift

Aimee Bassett and the Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild (legacy)

Aimee Bassett (far left) with fellow members of the Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild and hospital volunteers. In addition to hosting an annual holiday sale, guild members sell hospital merchandise out of the Volunteer Office year-round.

Aimee Bassett is devoted to the patients at Seattle Children's and volunteers each week in the Child Life playroom. "I love children," says Bassett. "I'm from a family of five and I adored taking care of my baby brother. When I wanted to start volunteering, Children's was the perfect place for me."

Bassett wanted to expand her support for patients by helping families who cannot afford healthcare. Her husband, Lowell, a retired University of Washington economist, encouraged her to take advantage of recent legislation that reauthorizes individuals age 70½ and older to make tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to charities. These distributions also count toward the minimum distribution IRA owners must take.

"It was more beneficial for me to give to uncompensated care directly from my IRA than from my regular income."

Aimee Bassett, IRA donor

"I gave to uncompensated care because there are a lot of people in our region who can't afford to pay for the full cost of their child's care," says Bassett. "Uncompensated care is a wonderful thing, and it was more beneficial for me to give directly from my IRA than from my regular income."

In addition to her time in the playroom, Bassett also comforts infants in the inpatient units and spends a half-day each week in the Volunteer Office. As an active member of the Dr. Jack M. Docter Guild, she helps with its annual Holiday Affair, which sells baked goods, gifts and ornaments in Children's cafeteria to raise money for uncompensated care. "Doing something for children is a good feeling," says Bassett. "I'm a better person for it."

Donors interested in making tax-free distributions from their IRAs directly to Children's must act soon - the ability to do so expires at the end of 2011. If you would like to make an IRA transfer, please contact Lorraine del Prado at 206-987-4977 or Christina Lui at 206-987-6812.