The Emily Guthrie Legacy Society

In 1910 Dr. Donald Guthrie arrived in Sayre and founded a multi-specialty group practice modeled after the Mayo Clinic, where he had just completed his surgical residency. In 1916, Dr. Guthrie wed Emily Baker Guthrie and they enjoyed 42 years of marriage together. Upon his death in 1958, Emily inherited the estate. When she died in 1976 at the age of 85, the residue of her estate, totaling more than $16 million, was left to the Robert Packer Hospital and the Donald Guthrie Foundation for Medical Research.

That transformational bequest helped Guthrie evolve into a major non-profit integrated health care delivery system, with hundreds of physicians and advanced practice providers, four hospitals, 45 sub-specialty and primary care sites in 21 communities, home health and home care services, and a research institute.

Because of the vision of Emily Guthrie and her generous estate gift, we have created The Emily Guthrie Legacy Society to promote and recognize those with great foresight and love for our community who have chosen to invest in the future of Guthrie and the health care of the region.

A planned gift

Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to Guthrie through your financial and estate plans. Bequests, charitable trusts, life income agreements, life insurance, and IRAs can be an advantageous way to provide a future gift to future generations. You can take care of yourself and take care of the future of your community.

Most common planned gifts

  • Bequest through will or living trust
  • Beneficiary of an IRA
  • Life Insurance
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Charitable Lead Trust
  • Real Estate

Choosing what's right for you

If you need assistance with planning your bequest or other planned gift, please contact Tricia Huston at 570-887-4420 or For a detailed list of planned giving options, please visit


The Emily Guthrie Legacy Society will recognize planned gifts donors and holds the following membership benefits.

  • Recognition on the Guthrie donor wall as a member
  • Legacy Society lapel pin recognizing membership
  • Annual listing in Guthrie's Annual Report and Planned Giving Newsletter
  • Special reception invitation for Legacy Society members hosted by Guthrie's President
  • Invitations to other special educational events

Please contact Guthrie Resource Development at 570-887-4420 or to learn more about making a planned gift to Guthrie or if you have already elected to make a future planned gift. We look forward to welcoming you to The Emily Guthrie Legacy Society.

Charles Gibson Legacy Society 

at Cortland Memorial Foundation

In addition to a generous gift from his estate, perhaps Charlie's greatest gift to the Foundation was in giving his name to The Charles Gibson Legacy Society. The Legacy Society honors and recognizes donors to the Foundation who have made a gift to the future of healthcare in Cortland through a bequest in a will or other planned gift.

Before his death, Charles Gibson shared this: "I have shared my name to create the Charles Gibson Legacy Society so that people in Cortland will be encouraged to look ahead to the future and help preserve and grow this great health care institution. I chose to donate a paid-in-full life insurance policy to Cortland Memorial Foundation to ensure that the legacy lives on - helping to make sure that quality health care continues in Cortland County."

Your membership involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations, but it does allow us to thank you and recognize you for the plans you have made and hopefully, will inspire generosity in others.

Benefits of membership in the Charles Gibson Legacy Society also include annual luncheons, invitations to special events and seminars.

For more information on becoming a member of Charles Gibson Legacy Society as well as to discuss other planned giving options, please contact Deborah Nadolski, Executive Director either by phone at 607-756-3757 or by email at