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Planned Giving

Simply stated, planned giving integrates your personal planning goals with your charitable giving goals. In so doing, you create opportunities for charitable giving in circumstances that may not otherwise enable you to make an impact. Planned giving provides “something for everyone” by offering great flexibility through the many giving options available!

Click on the links below to learn more about each of the common types of planned gifts.

Many people desire to benefit a charity, but cannot donate property to the charity while still alive. For example, an individual may need certain property to cover their living expenses or rising health care costs. A bequest is a gift to a charity at the time of one’s death. It is the simplest type of planned gift and one of the easiest to implement. Donors can leave property to a charity by including a bequest in their will or trust, or, in the case of property that passes by beneficiary designation, a bequest can be made by designating specific charities as beneficiaries.

With a bequest, donors can retain ownership and use of the property during their lifetime and still benefit the charity by leaving the property to them upon their death. The charities benefit by receiving cash or property, the donors' heirs benefit because the amount given to charity is not subject to federal estate tax, and the donors benefit through the flexibility of being able to use and control the property while alive.

With a CGA, in exchange for a gift of cash or property, a charity agrees to make fixed payments for life. This benefits donors who want to make a gift to charity, but need regular payments to supplement their income.  The charity benefits through the receipt of the cash or property.

By entering into a CGA agreement, the donor receives fixed payments to one or more individuals for life, a portion of each gift annuity payment is tax-free, the annual gift annuity payouts are based on the donor’s age (rates are higher for older donors), and the donor receives a current federal income tax deduction.

CGAs especially benefit older donors who desire fixed payments for life. CGAs are also attractive to donors with cash or appreciated property that produce little or no income.

A CRT receives cash or property from a donor, makes payments for a lifetime or term of years, and then distributes the rest to charity. This benefits donors who want to turn appreciated property that produces little or no income into a productive asset without paying capital gains tax on the sale of the property.  The charity benefits through the receipt of the cash or property upon the end of the term or the donor’s death.

In a CRT, the appreciated property is sold tax free, with donors receiving payments for life or for a term of years. Not only do they receive a percentage of the CRT’s value, but they also receive a current federal income tax deduction. A CRT especially benefits those with cash or appreciated property with a value of at least $100,000 and who want increased income.

An attorney drafts a CRT, after which the donor transfers cash or appreciated property to it. The CRT is a tax-exempt trust that can sell the appreciated property without paying capital gains tax. It can last for the lifetimes of one or more beneficiaries or for a specific term of years.

Each year, a CRT pays either an annuity amount or unitrust amount to its beneficiaries. A charitable remainder annuity trust (CRAT) pays a fixed dollar amount each year. By contrast, a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT) pays a percentage of the account value.

A CLT receives cash or property from a donor, makes payments to charity for a specified period, and distributes the rest to a specified beneficiary, usually family members with no additional tax. This is ideal for donors who want to give property to family members and pay as little gift or estate tax as possible. 

The charity benefits through the payments, and the donors benefit through the property and its growth being passed to family members. They also benefit through receiving a current federal gift or estate tax deduction for the present value of the payments to charity.

A CLT is especially beneficial to a donor who wants to pass along specific property that is expected to grow substantially in value. CLTs are ideal for those with estates of $2 million or more who want to pass that property to family members, so as to minimize gift or estate tax costs.

An attorney drafts a CLT, after which the donor transfers cash or property to it. Unlike a charitable remainder trust (CRT), a CLT is a taxable trust. Every year of the trust term, the CLT will report its income and then take a deduction for the amount that it distributes to charity; any excess is subject to tax.

Life insurance is a traditional planned gift. Making a gift of a life insurance policy to one's favorite charity appeals to a variety of donors because it is a flexible, cost-effective and, in many cases, tax-advantaged way to make a major gift that will benefit the nonprofit after the donor dies. Life insurance can also be used as an asset-replacement strategy. Under this strategy, a donor makes a gift of an asset (such as real estate or appreciated securities) to the nonprofit and replaces the value of that asset to benefit his/her heirs with a life insurance policy owned in a way that eliminates estate taxes on the benefit paying to the donor's heirs.

The use of life insurance as a charitable gift can creatively suit the changing needs of the nonprofit organization and a donor's planning palate. Most donors and nonprofit organizations think of life insurance only as an asset that produces a future benefit for the nonprofit organization. However, by using the wealth-replacement strategy and/or the life settlement solution to meet the needs of the donor's family and the nonprofit, charitably-inclined individuals can truly get the most out of life.

In a life estate, a charity receives a gift of property — either a personal residence or other real estate — and the donor benefits through the retention of the right to use the property for his or her lifetime. This helps donors who may desire to leave their house or farm to charity at death, but would like a current tax benefit, as well as the ability to continue to use the property. A life estate reserved especially benefits older donors who have enough liquid assets available for living expenses and desire a current income tax deduction.

A donor executes a deed transferring a house or farm to charity. In the deed, the donor retains a “life estate” — the right to live in the home and use it for life. At the time of the gift, the donor and charity also enter into a MIT (maintenance, insurance and taxes) agreement specifying the donor’s responsibilities with respect to the home — including the payment of maintenance, insurance and taxes.

In a PIF, a charity receives a gift of cash or securities, invests it with similar gifts from other donors and then distributes a proportionate share of earnings to the donor. This helps those who may desire to leave property to a charity at death, but who currently need to supplement their income.

When starting a PIF, the donor receives earnings from the fund for life. When the donor dies, the charity keeps the PIF shares. The donor bypasses gain when appreciated property is sold, receives a current federal income tax deduction, and receives a percentage of the earnings every year. PIFs especially benefit donors who want a tax deduction and income stream, while being willing to give the principal to charity.

The donor transfers cash or appreciated property to the PIF and receives an income tax deduction for the present value of what will be left for the charity at the donor’s death. The PIF sells appreciated property, and all capital gain is bypassed. The cash or property sale proceeds are invested as part of the PIF. Each year the donor receives a percentage of the PIF earnings, which is usually taxed as ordinary income.

In a bargain sale, a charity benefits through the purchase of property for less than fair market value or accepts a gift of mortgaged property. This helps those who desire to benefit a charity,  but cannot afford to give an entire property to the charity, or who may have mortgaged property they are willing to give to charity.

When executing a bargain sale, donors receive a cash payment or debt relief, avoid gain on the part of the property that is a gift, and receive a current federal income tax deduction for the part of the property given to charity. Bargain sales especially benefit those who own appreciated property and want to give to a charity, but who need a benefit in return (either cash or debt relief).

A bargain sale works just like any other sale except that the sale price is a bargain (less than the property is worth).  The donor gets the cash or debt relief he needs, and the charity gets a valuable property for less than full price. The difference between the sale price and the appraised value of the property is a gift to the charity.

By planning for your future, you can benefit both your family and the Lord's work! To learn about estate planning options, contact Jim Fahringer, Executive Director at 1-800-598-5030 or by email.

Charitable Gift Annuities are a way to give to the Lord's work and still receive a fixed income for life and significant tax deductions. Contact us for more information!

We partner with Bernie Bostwick of Ambassador Advisors to provide advice & guidance, and to promote Biblical stewardship. You can reach Bernie at 1-800-395-7660 or by email.

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