“Love of Dentistry” Leads to Gift

Suzann and Mike Goger

Suzann and Mike Goger

“Everything I’ve done, I’ve done because of my love for dentistry and for kids.”

That is how Mike Goger, DMD, describes the values that have driven his actions over the years. And driven him to many interesting places and activities.

Dr. Goger graduated from the OHSU School of Dentistry in 1970, and established a private practice in Albany, Ore. After selling his practice to his associate in 2000, Dr. Goger continued to practice at that same location until he retired in 2005. But that was not the end of the story. Shortly after his retirement, Dr. Goger took up the role of volunteer, putting his dental expertise to good use for those in need.

“I started volunteering with Medical Teams International, which took me all over the place, including Cambodia,” Dr. Goger said. “But it was when I worked in a mobile dental van in South Dakota, with Dr. Bill Ten Pas, that I realized we needed the same thing in Oregon. I asked myself why I was traveling all over, when people needed these services in my own backyard.”

Turning that thought to action, Dr. Goger worked with the Dental Foundation of Oregon, of which he was a board member, to launch a Tooth Taxi dental van to provide on-location treatment throughout the state.

Dr. Goger also was the driving force behind establishing a free dental clinic housed in the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. For that work, he was awarded the National Silver Medallion for “outstanding and extraordinary service” to the Boys & Girls Club. The impact of the clinic has been significant. Since opening its doors in 2011, more than 2,700 patients have visited the clinic. This represents more than $800,000 in dental services provided to some 700 families throughout the area.

In 2014, as a further expression of his love for dentistry, Dr. Goger and his wife Suzann established a charitable remainder trust benefitting his alma mater. The Gogers funded their trust with the building and property that hosted his former practice.

At the time they made their gift, they received a significant charitable income tax deduction. Once the property sold, the trust began to provide a stream of income to the Gogers that will continue throughout their lifetime. Since the trust is a charitable entity, the Gogers paid no capital gains tax on the property sale, providing an additional financial benefit. When the trust terminates, the funds remaining in it will support the school.

“Our estate plans have always included the dental school, and we found that a charitable remainder trust benefitting OHSU School of Dentistry would be the vehicletocarryoutourwishes,”explainedDr.Goger. “Thedentalschoolandmy dental education gave me the knowledge and skills to enjoy the practice of dentistry for more than 35 years, and we wanted to give back to the future of the school.”

If you would like to learn more about charitable remainder trusts funded with real estate, or other appreciated assets, contact the Gift Planning Department at the OHSU and Doernbecher Foundations.