Case Study

The following is an illustration of how this type of donation works.

Susan, 60, wants to make a gift to a qualified charitable organization but would also like more income in the future.

Gift: Susan creates a charitable remainder unitrust with annual lifetime payouts to her equal to 6 percent of the fair market value of the trust assets. She funds the trust with $250,000 in stock, which she originally bought for $85,000. The stock paid her annual dividends of $5,000.

Benefits to giver: Susan receives $15,000 the first year from the trust, tripling her previous income. Subsequent payout amounts vary each year depending on the annual valuations of the trust assets. She is eligible for a federal income tax charitable deduction of $81,3051 in the year she creates and funds the trust. This deduction saves Susan $22,765 in her 28 percent tax bracket.

Note: If Susan had sold the stock and not given it to the trust, she would not have received the charitable deduction, and she would have paid an additional $24,750 in capital gains tax.

Benefits to the organization: At the end of the trust term (in this case, after Susan's lifetime), the organization is projected to receive more than $300,000 to continue our charitable work, based on 7 percent growth of the trust's assets.

Question MarkAre you worried about future inflation?
A charitable remainder unitrust can provide you with payments that can potentially increase over time if the trust assets increase in value.

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To discuss the good your trust could accomplish at Gustavus Adolphus College, please contact Laurie Dietrich at 507-933-6043 or

1Based on annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions vary based on income earned.