Charitable Remainder Trust
You can place cash or property in a trust that pays annual income to you (or another named beneficiary) for life. After your death, the remainder of the trust transfers to The Community Foundation and is placed into a charitable fund you have selected. You receive income tax benefits the year you establish your trust. Learn more about charitable remainder trusts.
Giving through a Charitable Remainder Trust allows you to receive income for the rest of your life, knowing that whatever remains will benefit your community.
How it works
- You transfer cash, appreciated stocks, real estate, or other assets into a trust.
- You receive an immediate charitable tax deduction for the charitable portion of your trust.
- The trust pays you or a beneficiary you designate regular income payments.
- Upon the beneficiary's death or after a defined period of years, the remaining assets in the trust transfer to The Community Foundation.
- We set up a fund in your name, in the name of your family or business, or in honor of any person or organization you choose.
- We handle all the administrative details after the fund is established, issuing grant awards to charities in the name of the fund.
- Your gift is placed into an endowment that is invested over time. Earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Your gift - and all future earnings from your gift - is a permanent source of community capital, helping to do good work forever.
- You may choose to become a member of the Nettie J. Dayton Circle, The Foundation's planned gift recognition program.
You may choose to receive a fixed income or one that changes with market conditions - income from the charitable remainder trust you establish may add up to more than the interest and dividends you earned from holding the assets. You can use it to supplement your own lifestyle or that of someone other than yourself: a sibling, a dependent parent, or a friend. You can pick one of these options for your charitable remainder trust:
- Annuity trust pays you a fixed dollar amount.
- Standard unitrust pays you an amount equal to a fixed percentage of the net fair market of the trust and is recalculated annually.
- Net income unitrust pays you the lesser of the fixed percentage specified by the trust agreement or actual trust income; some net income unitrusts allow you to make up deficiencies in previous years.
- Flip unitrust is a net income unitrust that converts to a standard unitrust upon a triggering event, such as the sale of an asset used to fund the trust.