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You may think that charitable giving is a one-way proposition. Not so. It is possible to make a charitable gift and actually have an income stream flow back to you — both while generating valuable income tax benefits.

Numerous charitable strategies allow you to realize such benefits. One of the oldest — and one of the most popular — is the charitable gift annuity. The rates for gift annuities are generally higher when compared with fixed investments such as certificates of deposit (CD). This is good news for those who want to make an important charitable gift but who need to retain cash flow based on the value of donated assets.

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Charitable gift annuity questions

What exactly is a charitable gift annuity?

At its heart, a gift annuity is simply a contract between a donor and a charity, such as the Sisters of Providence. In exchange for a gift of a specified amount, we agree to make specified annual payments for life to one or two beneficiaries (also called annuitants). The Sisters of Providence accept gift annuities beginning at $10,000.

How is the annuity invested to secure my annual payments?

Our obligation to make gift annuity payments is backed by all the assets of the Sisters of Providence, not just the amount contributed for a single annuity. All funds are invested wisely to gain the largest return in the safest way.

How are the charitable gift annuity rates calculated?

All charitable organizations are free to set the rates they offer, but are subject to state regulations. The Sisters of Providence choose to follow the schedule of recommended maximum rates published by the American Council on Gift Annuities (ACGA). These recommended rates change from time to time, based on a variety of economic factors and affect only newly issued annuities.

Show me an example of a charitable gift annuity.

Abby, age 65, makes a gift of $50,000 to the Sisters of Providence. In return, we promise to pay Abby $2,500 per year for the rest of her life. Payments will be made to Abby quarterly by the Sisters of Providence.

AgePayout RateTotal Annual IncomeTax Free PortionAllowable Charitable Deduction
655.3%$2,500$1,995.45$22,338

If Abby were married, she may have elected to have the annuity for two. When Abby dies, the annuity passes to her spouse until his death.

Is there an annuity that would continue payments to my spouse after my death?

A gift annuity can be created to pay one or two annuitants for life. It can pay the donor and his or her spouse jointly and then the survivor after one of them dies.

Is there an annuity to help support my sister in college?

A gift annuity can also be created with payments to someone other than a spouse (elderly parent, sibling, non-family member, friend or employee) but it may have gift tax consequences.

Can I use annuity income to supplement my retirement?

A gift annuity can be created now to supplement retirement income with payments beginning at age 65. The tax deduction is received at the time the annuity is established.

Can I establish an annuity without cash?

A gift annuity can be created by contributing stock, transferring ownership of a life insurance policy, savings bonds or IRA assets as well as using cash.

How is my charitable income tax deduction determined?

The charitable deduction is equal to the difference between the amount of the contribution and the value of payments to the annuitant(s). Deductions are lower for younger people since they are likely to live longer. Similarly, deductions are lower when there are two annuitants rather than one.

How are the gift annuity payments I receive taxed?

For tax purposes, a gift annuity contribution is treated as part gift and part the purchase of the annuity. The gift portion is the amount deductible the year you create the gift annuity. The balance is treated as the purchase price for the annuity. It is treated as a return of your original “investment” and comes back to you tax-free over your life expectancy.

Show me an example of how the tax on an annuity works.

Assuming an IRS discount rate of 1.6% on a $10,000 Charitable Gift Annuity, the charitable deduction for the year the annuity is created would be $4,101.70. The annual payment to the 79 year old annuitant would be $730 of which $596 would be tax free for 9 years.

What is the difference between a charitable gift annuity and a charitable deferred gift annuity?

Payments to the annuitant in a “regular” gift annuity would begin at the next calendar quarter. In a charitable “deferred” gift annuity, the payment to the annuitant is delayed until a date later than a year after the inception of the annuity. A deferred gift annuity payment could supplement your retirement.

We urge all donors to consult with your financial and legal advisors for a full discussion of implications of any planned gift.

More questions? We’re here to help.

Charitable gift annuities can offer you many benefits. If you have additional questions or simply would like additional information, please contact our office:

Connie Gualano,
Planned Giving Manager
Mission Advancement office
1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876

Phone:  (812) 535-2811
Fax:      (812) 535-1009
E-mail:  CGualano@spsmw.org

Available Brochures include:

  • 12 Ways a Charitable Gift Annuity May Benefit You
  • The Charitable Gift Annuity: Guaranteed Payments for Life
  • Augmenting Your Retirement Security: The Deferred-Payment Gift Annuity

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