At the 2020 Virtual ASTRO Annual Meeting, the ROI will be launching a program to increase the number of confirmed planned gift intents to the ROI. Tim Guertin, CEO Emeritus of Varian Medical Systems, made a Challenge Gift of $25,000 to fund the campaign. For every planned gift intent of $2,500 or more received by the ROI, $2,500 of the challenge gift will be designated in honor of the person making the gift intent.
The intent may be a provision in your will or trust or may be naming the ROI as the beneficiary of your retirement plan, a life insurance policy, or donor-advised fund. You will need only to complete and return an intent form. The goal for the campaign, which will begin in October 2020 and will continue to October 2021, is ten new gift intents.
When you make a gift intent, you will become a member of the Legacy Circle, a recognition group for those who make a future gift with a provision for the ROI in their estate planning. Members of the Legacy Circle are encouraged to allow the ROI to disclose their names to encourage others to follow their example. However, members of the Legacy Circle can remain anonymous if they choose.
Radiation oncologists who have experienced meaningful careers are among those who remember the ROI in their estate planning. When asked why he wanted to make such a gift to the ROI, Christopher M. Rose, MD, FASTRO, responded: “I think this is a simple matter of paying it forward. My wife Randi and I have been enormously advantaged due to our relationship with the specialty. Finding meaning in one's life is, I think, the single most effective defense against burnout, cynicism, and pessimism. Getting meaning from one's occupation is particularly sweet. Absent cancer being cured, second best would be that others find in their career in radiation oncology what I've found in mine…”
Visit the ROI’s planned giving website that provides information on ways to make these special gifts and that offers tools for planning including a free personal estate planning kit.
For more information on planned giving, please contact Janet Hedrick, Director of Development, by email at or by phone at 703-839-7340.