By making a planned gift, you can establish a tradition of giving that will continue to provide benefits long after you're gone.
A planned gift can be made through any of the following:
- Last Will and Testament
- Revocable Living Trust
- Life Estate Agreement
- Life Insurance and/or Annuity Policy
- IRAs or other retirement plans
- Pooled Income Fund
Here are some of the other most common and popular ways to make a planned gift:
Bequest (Through a Will or Trust):
- A bequest provision in your will or revocable trust, either as an outright sum or as a percentage of your estate, in an unrestricted form or for a specific purpose you specify.
- This provision can be modified if circumstances change.
- There is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction that can be taken for this bequest.
Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT):
- You transfer cash, securities or other appreciated property into a trust.
- The trust pays a percentage of the market value of the assets, re-valued annually or at a fixed amount, to you or to beneficiaries you name.
- When the trust ends, the principal passes to UNO.
- The benefits of a CRT are:
- An immediate tax deduction for a portion of your contribution to the trust.
- No capital gains tax on appreciated assets you donate.
- You or your designated beneficiaries receive income for life or a term of years.
Charitable Lead Trust (CLT):
- You contribute cash, securities or other property to a trust.
- The trust makes fixed annual payments to UNO for a specified term of years.
- When the trust ends, the remaining principal goes to your heirs.
- The benefits of a CLT are:
- A gift tax deduction for the present value of the annuity payments to UNO.
- The annuity payments and the term of the trust can be specified in such a way as to reduce or even eliminate the transfer taxes due when the principal reverts to heirs.
- All appreciation that takes place in the trust goes tax free to your heirs.
- The estate tax credit can be used to further reduce taxes on transfers to heirs.
Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA):
- You transfer cash or securities to UNO.
- UNO pays you, or up to two annuitants you name, fixed payments for life.
- The principal passes to UNO when the contract ends.
- The benefits of a CGA are:
- An immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your gift.
- Your annuity payments are guaranteed for life, backed by a reserve and the assets of UNO.
- Your annuity payments may be treated as part of ordinary income, part capital gains income (15%), and part tax-free income, depending on the assets used to fund the annuity.