An Investment in the Future of Health Care
Chris and Karen Kaiser, '79
As a retiree of Ohio State, Chris Kaiser witnessed firsthand the innovative and lifesaving research, training and patient care performed every day by the Department of Surgery. After a 25-year career, Chris retired as chief operating officer of OSU Surgery, LLC.
Chris and his wife, Karen, feel a strong sense of commitment and affinity not just to the Department of Surgery but to Ohio State and the Columbus area. Karen graduated from Ohio State in 1979 with a degree in elementary education. Their children, Kimberly, '10, and Kevin, '12, also graduated from Ohio State.
The Kaisers have expressed their commitment to the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center by funding a charitable gift annuity. Their gift honors Dr. E. Christopher Ellison, and his tremendous impact on past and current generations of surgeons, staff and patients. It ensures that the fund bearing Dr. Ellison's name continues to positively impact future surgeons, research and patient care innovations.
"Dr. Ellison was a tremendous individual and I felt honored to work with him," says Chris. "I hope our gift will help make an impact on the financial stability of the Department of Surgery and continue to foster excellence in research and academics for many years into the future."
Charitable Gift Annuities
A gift annuity is an agreement between a donor and The Ohio State University Foundation. In exchange for a gift of cash or appreciated securities, the Foundation pays designated annuitants a fixed payment for life. After the lifetime of the last annuitant, the remaining funds become available for use by Ohio State as designated by the donor.
"Charitable gift annuities are a sensible vehicle for any retirement plan," says Chris. "They provide a way to meet monthly living expenses while diversifying the risk of investment management."