William Keller's Story
William Keller of Santa Fe, N.M., has supported National Jewish Health for nearly 50 years.
“I got wind of the work being done at the hospital when I was growing up in Cleveland,” said Mr. Keller. “At that time, tuberculosis was the focus.”
He moved west in 1950 to work at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico.
Mr. Keller made his first donation to National Jewish Health in 1964, dedicating a room in the hospital in memory of his brother, who was an internal medicine physician in Cleveland.
Since that time, he has continued his giving to the hospital in a number of ways, including memorial gifts, one-time donations and charitable gift annuities (CGA).
A CGA through National Jewish Health provides fixed income for life, while also supporting the mission of the hospital. There are tax benefits to CGAs as well. The initial gift is partially income tax-deductible and the CGA payments are partially income tax-free.
Mr. Keller said he is proud to support the institution.
“National Jewish Health has always been innovative,” said Mr. Keller. “From providing care for patients who couldn’t pay to the research they are doing today for diseases like lung cancer.”