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Giving Wisely
Our Legacy
Meet Our Donors
Gifts Anyone Can Make
Sample Language
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Discover the Benefits of Giving Wisely     [Back to Top]

With over a million charities in the United States alone, there are many ways that you can allocate your charitable dollars. We sincerely appreciate your interest in supporting the AOCA. Since 1952, the AOCA has been dedicated to serving our mission.  The Mission of the AOCA is to promote the osteopathic concept of disease, advance the standards of practice, and provide opportunity for study and training in the art and science of anesthesiology.


Did you know that is possible for you to make a gift in support of our mission while also ensuring you meet your needs for your lifetime and those of your loved ones? These giving techniques are called “planned gifts” because through a bit of easy planning, you, your family and the AOCA all benefit.

Please take your time and explore our site. Learn about:

  • Gifts that cost you nothing out of pocket today
  • Donors who have invested in our long-term mission
  • The benefits of joining our legacy society

Our Legacy     [Back to Top]

Since our founding, individuals dedicated to our long-term success have set up planned gifts for our benefit. Some donors included us as a beneficiary of their will, retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), IRA, etc.) or life insurance policy while others added to our endowment to continue their annual support after they were gone. Each of these individuals believed in our mission and wanted to be sure we could continue to thrive and grow into the future. For this special group, we created the Copper Kettle Society. The Copper Kettle Society is open to all individuals who have named us in their long-term plans or created an endowment for our benefit.

The Society is named as a tribute to the breakthrough and advancement of Anesthesiology brought by the Copper Kettle.  In 1952, Dr. Lucien E. Morris (1914-2011) introduced the Copper Kettle vaporizer, the first system to permit very fine control over the concentration of volatile anesthetics.  The Copper Kettle vaporizer introduced a significant improvement in anesthesia machine design and performance. For the first time the anesthesiologist could precisely control the concentration of volatile anesthetic administered to a patient. 

The Copper Kettle Society pays tribute to individuals and families who have stood behind over a century of excellence in the science of Anesthesiology.  When you become a member of the AOCA, you invest confidently in the future of this organization and its members.  You create a permanent legacy for your family.  You broaden and cement the College’s impact on the world and the patients its serves.  And you join a select group whose commitment to the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiology stands apart. 

Without your gift and those that came before, the AOCA would not be as vibrant as it is today.  Our future, and named scholarships all reflect the foresight of the individuals and families dedicated to keeping this College strong.  The Copper Kettle Society connects its members to the life of the College and to our collective future.  Your gift will help us address the challenges and opportunities in the coming years, the next generation and the future of the science of anesthesiology.


Meet Our Donors      [Back to Top]

The AOCA would like to recognize and thank those who have donated to the Copper Kettle Society.  If you have previsoulsy donated, please share with us the reasons why you chose the Copper Kettle Society to carry out your legacy.  We would like to fill this section with your story!  

“Helping to create a legacy for future anesthesiologists is one of my callings.   Remembering the AOCA Copper Kettle Society Foundation in my will and with annual contributions is a wonderful way to invest in leadership for generations to come.”



Gifts Anyone Can Make      [Back to Top]

Some gifts do not have to cost you anything today but support our mission in the future. These gifts include:

  • Name AOCA as a beneficiary of your will or living trust (sample language)
  • Name AOCA as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan (IRA, 403(b), 401(k), etc.) (sample language)
  • Name AOCA as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy (sample language)
  • Name AOCA as a beneficiary of your donor-advised fund (sample language)

How it Works

  • Name AOCA in your will, codicil to your will, living trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy or donor-advised fund
  • Designate your gift for a particular purpose that is important to you, or allow us to use the gift where the need is greatest at the time it matures
  • Indicate a set amount, a percentage or the remaining balance to benefit our mission
  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime
  • You can modify your gift at any time to address changing circumstances
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended)
  • Under current federal tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable gifts

Sample Language          [Back to Top]

Residual Bequest Language


A residual bequest comes to us after your estate expenses and specific bequests are paid:

I give and devise to AOCA, located in Springfield Illinois, all (or state a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used where it determines the need is greatest (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Specific Gift Language

Naming us as a beneficiary of a specific amount from your estate is easy:

I give and devise to AOCA, located in Springfield Illinois, the sum of $___________ to be used where it determines the need is greatest (or for the support of a specific fund or program).

Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language

Naming us as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh or profit-sharing pension plan will accomplish your charitable goals while realizing significant tax savings. It can be costly to pass such assets on to heirs because of heavy tax consequences. By naming the AOCA as a beneficiary of all or a percentage of your retirement plan, you maintain complete control over the assets while living, but at your passing the remaining assets pass to the AOCA free of both estate and income taxes.


Making a charitable gift from your retirement plan is easy. Simply fill out a change of beneficiary form from your plan administrator and notify us. We can also assist you with the proper language for your beneficiary designation to the AOCA.


Life Insurance Policy and DAF Beneficiary Language

As with retirement plans, naming AOCA as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or your donor-advised fund is as simple as filling in a change of beneficiary form from your plan/fund administrator. Be sure to let us know you have named us as the beneficiary so we can contact the insurance company or fund at the appropriate time and put your gift to work as you intend.


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For More Information     [Back to Top]

To learn more about crafting your own AOCA legacy, contact:

Bonnie Chandler, AOCA Director of Planned Giving

American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiology

PO Box 7317

Springfield, IL 62791

217.529.6517 or E-mail:


Thomas Costello, FAOCA, AOCA Planned Giving Liaison or 267.884.3858



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