The Nicest Grizzly Bear We've Ever Met

Julian and Rob together

Partners Forever legacy donor Julian di Ciurcio and his partner Rob Burrington in the Harold Matzner Serenity Garden at the Desert AIDS Project campus

Julian di Ciurcio has been fighting the good fight since the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic-since before those terms even existed, before reliable testing and diagnosis, before drugs were developed, before hope was anywhere to be seen. That was in the early '80s, and Julian still lived in Woodside near San Francisco. There he helped found The Aris Project, an organization that provided Bay Area clients with emotional and practical support and food. "Aris is an Ohlonie Indian word for grizzly bear-symbol of great strength and courage, which was what we all needed most in those dark days."

Julian and Rob surprise visit

Julian gets a surprise visit from Rob while working the front desk of Desert AIDS Project where he has logged over 5000 of volunteer service!

When he and his partner, Rob Burrington, moved to Palm Springs in 2000, Julian immediately contacted Desert AIDS Project with one question: "How can I help?" With his many years of experience, he quickly became Coordinator of our Care Team and a regular volunteer at our Health Center. As of this past November, Julian had logged an extraordinary 5,000+ hours of volunteer service to us. Five years ago, he and his partner, Rob Burrington became Partners for Life donors here, generously supporting our client services with their annual contributions.

More recently, Julian decided to name Desert AIDS Project as a beneficiary in his will and trust. After his sister's death, 18 months ago he says, "I considered a number of charitable organizations I could support in lieu of her not surviving me. I thought about my university, a theatre group I care about, and several other nonprofits. But, when I thought about where do I spend most of my time...the answer was simple: the Revivals stores, working the front desk, the Care Team, all those special events-Desert AIDS Project is obviously a big part of my life." By naming us as a beneficiary in his will, Julian is ensuring that the "good fight" he started thirty years ago, will be carried on by others long past his own life time. We are enormously and sincerely grateful for his support in its many forms!

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Desert AIDS Project a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Desert AIDS Project [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to D.A.P. or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to D.A.P. as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to D.A.P. as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and D.A.P. where you agree to make a gift to D.A.P. and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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