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Gifts That Pay You Income

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“We have been moved by the passion and dedication of City of Hope’s doctors and staff. A bequest in your will for City of Hope is an effortless way to help.”
– Hodges and Joe Carroll
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What the experts say

“Consider a charitable gift annuity. It will pay a bit less than similar products from private insurers, but if you choose well, you’ll get an immediate tax deduction, a decent return, zero volatility and the psychic pleasure of supporting a worthy cause.”


“Philanthropic advisers are trumpeting gift annuities as a win-win proposition. They let donors support their favorite causes and get a decent income stream in return.”

—SmartMoney Magazine

If low rates on other investments have you looking for a good way to supplement your retirement income — now or in the future — and at the same time you want to do more to help City of Hope, we invite you to discover the many benefits of a City of Hope charitable gift annuity.

Here is what may be the most concise explanation of gift annuities you will ever hear:

  • You make an irrevocable donation of at least $25,000 to City of Hope.
  • You receive fixed annual payments — for as long as you live — at an attractive payment rate and a charitable deduction, too.
  • You enjoy the satisfaction of making a gift that benefits you now and, in the future, helps fund innovative research and compassionate patient care.

Maximum Flexibility

One of the reasons gift annuities are so popular is because they are so flexible. Here are the most common options:

An Annuity with Immediate Payments

The most common type of gift annuity. In exchange for your donation of $25,000 or more, City of Hope will make annual fixed payments to you for as long as you live, starting when your gift annuity contract is signed.

If Helen, age 82, establishes a $50,000 charitable gift annuity with City of Hope, her payment rate will be 7.2%*. She will receive an annual income of $3,600 — for the rest of her life! Compare that to the income on a CD earning 1%. In addition, Helen may be eligible for a substantial income tax charitable deduction.

*Based on payment rates as of July 2017.

A Gift Annuity Funded with Appreciated Securities

If you have stock or mutual funds that you have held for more than a year and that have increased in value, you can use them to fund your gift annuity and you will bypass a significant portion of the capital gains tax. The remaining gain will be apportioned over several years of your annuity payments rather than being taxed all at once.

Evelyn, age 82, establishes a $50,000 charitable gift annuity with stock that she originally purchased for $10.000. In addition to an annual payment of $3,600 for as long as she lives and an income tax charitable deduction, more than $19,000 of her capital gain on the stock’s appreciation will never be taxed.*

*Based on payment rates as of July 2017 and a capital gains tax rate of 15%. Based on the maximum capital gains tax rate plus the investment tax.

A Gift Annuity with Two Beneficiaries

One of the great things about gift annuities is that they can be set up to benefit two people, making them an ideal tool to provide financial security for a spouse or other loved one.

Martin, age 79, wants to be sure that if something happens to him, his wife Eleanor, age 77, will be financially secure. He and Eleanor also want to help City of Hope so they donate $100,000 to create a gift annuity. The payment rate for two beneficiaries, age 79 and 77, is 5.4%, which results in an annual payment of $5,400. If either of them passes away, the surviving spouse will continue to receive the full $5,400 annuity payment each year for life.

*Based on payment rates as of July 2017.

An Annuity with Deferred Payments and a Higher Rate

The older you are, the higher your payment rate will be. If you are planning now for retirement and do not need more income immediately a “deferred” gift annuity” might be right for you. You schedule the payments to begin when you will need them and enjoy a higher payment rate than with an annuity that pays you immediately.

Ellen has had a successful career. In fact she loves it so much that, at age 63, she plans to continue working until she is 70. At that time, she will welcome the additional income from a $75,000 City of Hope gift annuity. Ellen’s payment rate at age 70 will be 6.2%* and her fixed annual payment will be $4,650, a nice supplement to her retirement income.

*Based on payment rates as of July 2017.

A Life Income Gift Funded with Real Estate

Convert your real estate investment into a predictable income flow and realize capital gains and other tax benefits.

A charitable remainder unitrust with City of Hope can provide you and/or other beneficiaries with income for life or for a fixed number of years. For your donation, which can be appreciated securities or real estate, you receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of your contribution to the unitrust and savings on capital gains taxes, too. You will also have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits you now and City of Hope later. If you have low-yielding assets and you desire to:

  • reduce or eliminate capital gain, estate and/or gift taxes;
  • diversify your investments; and
  • create a source of income for loved ones and for City of Hope

then a charitable remainder trust (CRT) may be right for you.

Another CRT benefit is that along with traditional assets that can be donated to create the trust, many less commonly considered assets may also be used. These include, but are not limited to, real estate, LLC, S corporation or other limited partnership interests and privately held C corporation stock.

Charlotte and Paul, both age 72, are concerned that estate taxes could significantly reduce the assets they are able to leave to their heirs. Paul also wants to make sure that Charlotte has more than enough income to live on even if she needs long-term care someday. After discussions with City of Hope staff and their advisors, Charlotte and Paul decided to create a 5% charitable remainder trust funded with $1 million in Paul’s highly appreciated company stock. Paul can rest assured knowing that Charlotte will have an additional $50,000 a year in retirement income. Additionally, they were able to remove $1 million from their taxable estate and avoid significant capital gains taxes.