Charitable Lead Trust

Protect Your Assets

If you want to make an impact now at Starr Commonwealth and also provide for your family later, consider setting up a charitable lead trust. You transfer cash or other assets to a trust that makes payments to Starr Commonwealth for a period of time. When the term is up, the remaining trust passes to your family or other beneficiaries you select.

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

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

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to Starr Commonwealth 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 Starr Commonwealth go up as well.

An Example of How It Works

Father smiling with children George would like to support Starr Commonwealth 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 Starr Commonwealth 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.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Dusty Walker at 517-630-2421 or walkerd@starr.org to talk about supporting Starr Commonwealth by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Starr Commonwealth in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Starr Commonwealth
Address: 13725 Starr Commonwealth Road, Albion, MI 49224
Federal tax ID number: 38-1359593

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