Honoring the Brigham's history and protecting its future

Honoring the Brigham's history and protecting its future

J. Linzee Coolidge is creating a legacy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital—in more ways than one. In 1963, he became the youngest Board of Trustees member of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a predecessor of BWH, and has remained a loyal advocate and generous donor to this day.

“I receive excellent care here, as did my father and great uncle, who also served on the board,” he says, explaining his inspiration to carry on his family’s involvement. “The Brigham has been an important institution in our lives and community, and I want to see it continue to develop innovations that save lives.”

Coolidge has supported a variety of initiatives over the years—including the President’s Unrestricted Fund, global health, and the work of his personal physician, Marshall A. Wolf, MD. More recently, he was happy to make another important contribution that will last long into the future.

“When you set up a Charitable Gift Annuity like I did for the Brigham, you receive a tax advantage up front and a guaranteed income,” says Coolidge. “You also feel good knowing you are helping people who will rely on the hospital’s care for years to come. It’s a win-win.”

With this gift, Coolidge was welcomed into The Legacy Society, an honorary group recognizing donors who include the hospital in their long-term plans through an annuity, will, or other planned gift. This fall, Coolidge and other Legacy Society members will be celebrated at the annual luncheon honoring this group of forward-thinking philanthropists for their commitment to future patients and families.

“Once you’re connected, it’s your hospital,” he says. “The example you set can help others realize how vital the Brigham’s research and medical care is, and how important it is to get involved.”

Urging others to plan ahead, Coolidge says, “Join the effort. Help turn the wheel.”