A Win-Win Scenario
Long-time San Mateo resident Joy Morriss believes in giving back to her community. She lives just a few blocks from Mills Health Center, a place she's passionate about supporting.
"I think everyone should contribute to local organizations," she says. "Making an investment in the hospital, for example, is a very smart choice because you know the people, you know how the money is being managed and you can clearly see how the money is being used."
In 1995, Morriss established a charitable remainder trust with Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation. "This kind of giving is really win-win," she says. "Not only did my gift help my community, but it helped me financially by creating a lifetime income stream while generating a sizeable tax deduction." Since then, she's added to her gift, donating more than half a million dollars.
Retired after 20 years managing a large real estate business in Belmont, Morriss remains very active. She volunteers once a week at the Healing Store at Mills Health Center, and she's a member of the San Mateo Rotary Club and the Italian American club.
She goes ballroom dancing at least once a week. "I've been dancing almost all of my life," she says. "I love Latin dances like the rumba and the Creole dance Zydeco. It's fun, fast-paced and great exercise."
Morriss feels fortunate that she hasn't had any major health problems. "But I did have minor surgery at Mills-Peninsula a few years ago, and I was extremely impressed with the nurses and doctors there," she says. "They made me feel like family. Now, it's almost a pleasure to go get blood drawn."
Morriss's gift helped fund the construction of the new Medical Center, a place she calls "a work of art."
"I really appreciate that we have such an excellent hospital in our community," she says. "Supporting it is really the most reasonable thing I can do with a donation."
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