Planned Giving

Building a Legacy of Support

In 1798, President Johns Adams signed into law the Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen. It was the seed of what grew into today's U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation supports the work of the Commissioned Corps, its officers, and preserves its legacy.

Members of the John Adams Society decided to plant their own seeds and support the growth of the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation. They chose to bequeath funds to the Foundation in their wills and trusts. You can join the John Adams Society as well.

Members of the John Adams Society
  • CAPT John J. Bartko, USPHS (Ret)
  • CAPT Leah M. Bigalow, USPHS (Ret) - in memoriam
  • CAPT Rita K. Chow, USPHS (Ret)
  • CAPT Robert L.┬áLathrop, USPHS (Ret) - in memoriam
  • CAPT Irene L. Doto, UPSHS (Ret) - in memoriam
  • RADM Michael R. Milner, USPHS (Ret)

CAPT John J. Bartko wrote, "The Corps and the COA have been a major factor in my professional and personal life for more than fifty years. My wife and I support the COF on a regular basis because of the significant role and importance the Corps, the COA and the Ensemble have played in enriching my life. We have extended our support by making an estate gift to the COF."

Former Foundation President CAPT Gene Migliaccio, USPHS (Ret) said, "The Foundation will continue to advance public health and support the Commissioned Corps into its next 125 years. I encourage you to speak with your loved ones and consider including the Foundation in your estate planning."

How It Works
  • Include a bequest to the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation in your will or trust. Here is sample language for your will.
  • Make your bequest unrestricted or direct it to a specific purpose.
  • Indicate a specific amount or a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate or trust.
  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify your gift to address changing circumstances.
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with Foundation staff to ensure your gift can be used as intended).
  • Under current tax law, there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

Please let us know if you have already included the Foundation in your estate plan or if you are considering doing so.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.

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