Honoring A Commitment to Women’s Health at Tax Time

 

Honoring A Commitment to Women’s Health at Tax Time

In general, people with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and certain other types of retirement plans are required by law to withdraw a minimum amount from their account starting at age 70½ (the exact amount depends upon the type of plan). Donating all or a portion of this IRA distribution to a 501(c)3 organization can help minimize one’s tax payments, and do good at the same time.
When Amy Crofts, a NWHN member for more than three

decades, needed to start taking her required minimum IRA distribution, she thought of the Network. A retired nurse and nurse-midwife, Amy was drawn to NWHN’s push for drugs to undergo rigorous approval standards and demonstrate long-term evidence that they are safe. Our commitment to never accept funds from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers or insurance companies also impressed her. As a result, Amy decided to help advance the NWHN’s mission with a donation from her required IRA distribution.
Amy made this gift it in memory of her friend Lois Olsen, who passed away on September 17, 2015. Lois was originally from Wisconsin; she became a nurse in 1949 and was certified as a midwife a year later. For the next 12 years, she provided health care through her mission efforts in rural Tiama, in Sierra Leone. Lois eventually returned to the States and served as a nurse-midwife; a consultant for the Wisconsin Division of Health; and a professor, teaching students in both the U.S. and Africa. Amy and Lois met when they worked together at a Chicago hospital during the 1970s.
Like many women, Lois challenged the status quo. She pushed her hospital employer to let women have a family member or friend present during labor – which had been unthinkable for hospitals in the late 70s. Amy also pushed their employer to modernize and allow new mothers hold their infants in the first minutes after birth. Donating her mandatory withdrawal to the NWHN, which was founded by pioneers in women’s health care, was a natural fit for Amy, and one that met her desire to support women and children and, at the same time, remember a dear friend.
If you’re interested in making a gift through your IRA or another retirement plan, please contact Michelle M. Lockwood, Development Director, at 202.682.2640 or mlockwood@nwhn.org.