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Creating a Legacy - Trained and Equipped. Thanks to the Tripps.

Montie and Marge Tripp are committed to the health and well-being of children and families in Eastern Jackson County. With their donor advised fund, the Tripps have supported Children’s Mercy for many years, including the creation of two named awards: the Chaplaincy Team Award and the Elam and Tripp Families Liver Care Nursing Award.

The Chaplaincy Team award provides for two members of CM’s Chaplaincy Team to attend the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance’s biennial National Learning Conference. The Elam and Tripp Families Liver Care Nursing Award enables CM liver care nurses to attend national conferences or offset the costs for advanced educational pursuits.

These last 18 months have been particularly trying for members of the CM Chaplaincy Team. The team of 11 chaplains is responsible for the spiritual well-being and emotional support of the entire hospital. They are trained to discuss the complex topic of tissue and organ donation with family members after a loss. Even chaplains need help in navigating these difficult and demanding topics. Thanks to the training and continuing education provided by the Tripp family’s Chaplaincy Team Award, Children’s Mercy chaplains can continue their education and service with understanding, thoughtfulness, and compassion.

This year, the Elam and Tripp Families Liver Care Nursing Award provided scholarships to two nurses who care for liver and transplant patients at CM. Alexandra Monachino, RN, is working toward an advanced practice degree to specialize in the care of newborns, infants, toddlers, adolescents, and young adults. And Shauni Lawrence, BSN, RN, CPN, is a staff nurse who is studying to become a nurse practitioner to advance her career and continue working with and advocating for her pediatric patients. 

The Tripp family wants to ensure Children’s Mercy can provide continuing education for their staff so they can be at their very best for every pediatric patient. And using their donor advised fund to do it makes it easy.

“We work with our donor advised fund to make the yearly grants to Children’s Mercy for these awards,” Montie explained. The family contributes to the donor advised fund each year and then makes their charitable donations from the fund. “This makes things easy when it comes tax time, and you only have to worry about one contribution receipt.”

The Tripps also have Legacy plans in place for their fund, so even when they are gone, their annual giving to the causes they love will continue.

Let’s talk about how your funds can create a lasting legacy for your family.

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