Charitable Lead Trusts Offer You Options

You can benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting the University of Kentucky without giving up the assets that you'd like your family to receive someday with a donation in the form of a charitable lead trust.

There are two ways that charitable lead trusts make payments to UK:

A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to UK and is more attractive when interest rates are low.

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a unitrust, if the trust's assets go up in value, for example, the payments to UK go up as well.

Gifts That Pay

Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options and download this FREE Guide Plan for Retirement with a Deferred Gift Annuity.

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An Example of How It Works

Father smiling with children George would like to support UK and provide for his children. George received a windfall amount of income and needs a large income tax deduction to offset the income. Following his advisor's recommendation, George funds a grantor charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $1,000,000. George's trust pays $70,000 (7 percent of the initial fair market value) to UK each year for 15 years, which will total $1,050,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $854,311. Assuming the trust earns an average 6 percent annual rate of return, George receives approximately $767,240 at the end of the trust term.

*Assuming annual payments and a 3.2 percent charitable midterm federal rate.

Next Steps

  1. Contact Gift and Estate Planning at (859) 257-7886 or giftandestate@uky.edu to talk about supporting UK by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include UK in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: University of Kentucky
Address: Sturgill Philanthropy Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015
Federal Tax ID Number: Please contact us for our federal tax ID number.