Office of Planned Giving

Charitable Gift Annuity

A gift annuity is an agreement between you and us. When a charitable gift annuity is in place, we agree to pay you fixed payments for your life (and/or the life of your chosen beneficiary). The amount of the annuity is based on the gift amount and the age of the annuitant(s) at the time of the gift.

A gift annuity provides a number of very attractive benefits:

  • A gift annuity can be established with a modest contribution.
  • You can fund it with cash or marketable securities.
  • You can receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the gift (subject to AGI limitations), and 
  • Potentially spread out any capital gains tax liability.

What's more, part of your annuity payment will be federal income tax-free for a certain number of years. As a donor, you can select the payment intervals (usually quarterly) and name the annuitant(s) - one or two persons.

Professionals and other highly compensated employees who frequently "max out" their annual retirement plan contributions because of restrictive rules and regulations may want to consider a deferred gift annuity strategy. Deferred gift annuities offer three important benefits:

  1. They can be used to supplement qualified retirement plan savings.
  2. You receive a current income tax deduction now during your high income years.
  3. You can postpone the start of annuity payments until later-usually after retirement begins.

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