What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?

By setting up a charitable remainder trust, you are creating a lasting legacy helping to do the Lord’s work. Giving is an act of worship, another way to offer your Lord a thankful response for his never-failing gifts.

WHAT IS A CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST?

 

A charitable remainder trust is created when you transfer cash, securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds), or real estate to WELS Foundation, but keep a specified income interest—usually for life. When the trust ends per your designations, the property in the trust passes to your designated beneficiaries, such as your church and/or synod. Like the stones placed by the River Jordan, your gift is a means to share God’s grace with others well after you enter the Promised Land of Heaven.

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES?

  • Gift size: Minimum of $100,000
  • Irrevocable: Once established, a charitable remainder trust cannot be revoked.
  • Individual: You can choose your desired payout rate, within certain parameters. Many donors choose a rate between 5-6%.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

  • Lasting legacy: You can create designations that provide for the special needs of your heirs (i.e. college funds). When the trust ends, the balance will be used to continue the Lord’s work in your congregation or synod.
  • Fixed payments for life: Your gift comes with the assurance of steady, lifelong payments.
  • Tax savings: You receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the gift amount. Capital gains tax on appreciation is deferred at the time of transfer, leaving the entire value of your assets to generate future income.
  • Payments: You, or those you designate, receive trust payments. These can be a fixed or variable amount.
  • Increased cash flow: By funding your trust with low-paying assets, you might even increase your cash flow by making a gift.
  • Peace of mind: Free yourself from investment worries by securing professional management of the assets you have.
  • Flexibility: You can choose several income beneficiaries and the length of the trust term.


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