A charitable gift annuity provides you with fixed payments for life in exchange for a gift of cash or securities. The remainder is used to further the mission of Brandeis University.  Donor(s) must be at least 60 years old. 

Benefits of a charitable gift annuity:

  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction for the charitable gift portion of the annuity
  • Partial bypass of capital gains tax if securities are used to fund the gift
  • Benefit from payments that may be partially tax-free
 


 

Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

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A simple contract

A charitable gift annuity is a simple arrangement between you and Brandeis University that requires a one or two page agreement. You will incur minimal or no costs to establish the arrangement and no costs at all to maintain it.  

Irrevocable gift

A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you transfer assets in exchange for the gift annuity, you cannot change your mind and get the assets back. This requirement assures that whatever is left of your gift when the gift annuity ends will go to support Brandeis.

Fixed payments for life

In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, Brandeis will pay you a fixed amount each year for life. The amount of the payment depends on the amount donated and the age of the payment recipient.  

  1. Payments last for your lifetime. You cannot outlive your payments.
  2. Payments are predictable. Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions. You will get the same amount each year. 
  3. Payments are very secure. They are backed by the general resources of Brandeis University, not just by the assets you donate.

Tax-advantaged payments

Part of each payment typically will be tax-free for many years. This tax-free portion makes the payments more valuable than an equal amount of fully taxable income. The amount of this tax-free portion will be greater if you give cash than if you give stock or other appreciated property.

Who can receive payments?

You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity. Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse. Alternatively, you can select one or two other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity. For example, you may wish to provide income for parents, a sibling, or a faithful employee.

Payout rate depends on age

The older you are when you make your gift, the greater the payment rate you will receive. If you choose other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity, their ages at the time of your gift will determine their payment rate. Our minimum age for a payment recipient is 60.

Tax benefits

You will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift, providing tax savings if you itemize. The amount of this deduction will depend on several factors. If you cannot use the entire deduction that year, you may carry forward your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

If you give stock or other appreciated property to create a gift annuity, you will pay tax on only a portion of your capital gain in the property. Even better, if you are the payment recipient of your gift annuity, you will be able to report this capital gain in installments over many years. In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs. The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.

Assets to consider

Cash currently held in a savings account, bank CD, or money-market fund makes an excellent funding asset. Usually, a gift annuity will provide you with larger payments than any of these investments.

Securities, especially highly-appreciated securities that you have owned for one year or more, are also an excellent funding asset. Giving them to us in exchange for a gift annuity will allow you to unlock their value to increase your cash flow and avoid substantial capital gains tax at the same time.

Example

Marci Malone is a 71 year-old widow. She would like to make a significant gift to Brandeis University, but she is dependent on the income produced by her investments. One of these investments is stock in XYZ Widget Corporation that she and her late husband purchased many years ago for $3,000.

Her stock is now worth $10,000 but provides little income - about $126 after tax. Marci is reluctant to sell her XYZ Widget stock to reinvest in higher yielding assets because she will have to pay $1,400 in capital gains tax. This would leave her with just $8,600 to reinvest.

Marci is pleased to learn that she can make a significant gift to Brandeis University and increase her cash flow by giving her XYZ Widget stock to Brandeis in exchange for a gift annuity. She can also save substantial income taxes plus avoid and defer capital gains taxes, and will receive an income tax deduction that may provide additional tax savings at the same time.

  Tax result Cash flow before tax Cash flow
after tax
(37‚Äč% tax rate)

Marci keeps her stock

None

$200

$126

Marci sells and reinvests for 4.0% yield

Owes $1,400 capital gains tax

$344

$217

Marci funds a 6.4% gift annuity

$4,018* income tax deduction
Avoid tax on $2,813* of capital gain

$640

$494

*Deduction amount and capital gains tax avoided may vary depending on the timing of the gift.