Charitable Gift Annuities: Getting Started

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If you'd like to support our mission and receive steady payments during your retirement years, a charitable gift annuity may be right for you.

How It Works

Through a simple contract, you agree to make a donation of cash, stocks or other assets to Gustavus Adolphus College. In return, you (and someone else, if you choose) receive a fixed amount each year for the rest of your lifetime.

Charitable Gift Annuity
Create a gift annuity.
Receive an income tax deduction and fixed payments for life.
Charitable Gift Annuity
Remainder to Gustavus Adolphus College after your lifetime.
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Download a free guide to learn more about charitable gift annuities.

In addition to providing a gift to Gustavus Adolphus College and receiving fixed payments for life, you also receive these benefits:
  • Your initial gift is partially income tax–deductible.
  • Your charitable gift annuity payments are partially income tax–free throughout your estimated life expectancy.
  • Your payments are not affected by ups and downs in the economy.
  • The gift annuity can be for one or two people, so your spouse or another loved one can also receive payments for life.
  • If you use appreciated stock to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy.

Gift Calculator Calculate how a charitable gift annuity could benefit you.

Your Rate

Generally, the older you are at the start of your payments, the higher your payments.

These rates are the maximum rates recommended by the American Council on Gift Annuities and are adjusted periodically.

One Life
Rate of
50 3.7%
55 4.0%
60 4.4%
65 4.7%
70 5.1%
75 5.8%
80 6.8%
85 7.8%
90+ 9.0%
Two Lives
Rate of
50/55 3.3%
55/60 3.7%
60/65 4.0%
65/70 4.4%
70/75 4.8%
75/80 5.3%
80/85 6.1%
85/90 7.3%
90/95+ 8.8%

Not all organizations offer charitable gift annuities at the above ages and rates. Contact Gustavus Adolphus College for a personalized illustration or for more information.


Jill, 70, established a $20,000 charitable gift annuity. Based on her age, she was able to receive an annuity rate of 5.1 percent. This means that we will pay her $1,020 each year for the remainder of her life, of which $755 is tax-free to her throughout her life expectancy. She'll also receive a charitable deduction of $8,304 if she itemizes on her income taxes (assumes annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate?deductions vary based on income earned). After her lifetime, the remaining amount is used to support our mission.

To learn more about this way to support Gustavus Adolphus College, please contact Laurie Dietrich at 507-933-6043 or