There are many ways of making a planned gift to Astraea. Each option is expressive of a donor’s particular interests and each have distinct tax implications. Moreover, a variety of assets may be appropriate for charitable gift purposes. Astraea has partnered with Penn Mutual to develop a one-hour webinar exploring the basics of developing a planned giving strategy, and this unique tool can demonstrate how each of us can have a profound impact on the people and organizations we value most.
Learn More About Planned Giving
Consider joining our “We Will Giving Circle” that celebrates those who have made planned gifts to Astraea through bequests, life income gifts, insurance policies and other estate planning vehicles. It provides a way for us to recognize members of the Astraea community who have designated us as a beneficiary of their estate during their lifetime and to involve them more intimately in the Foundation’s work.
Bequests are the most common form of planned giving. Everyone should have a will, otherwise state law determines how your life’s accumulation of assets will be distributed. You may donate any asset in whole or in part, or designate Astraea to receive either a percentage of your estate or a specific dollar value. While Astraea benefits greatly from unrestricted bequests, we can work with donors to determine the way in which their gift may be used in perpetuity. Astraea uses donors’ bequests both to meet our annual funding needs and to grow our endowment.
IRA, 401(K) and 403(b) Pension Plans
If you are at least 70-1/2 years old, you are probably required to take minimum required distributions from your pension plans. Those distributions are taxable. If you do not need the distribution for your support, you can arrange for a direct transfer of the required distribution to the Astraea Foundation and save on taxes while still fulfilling your philanthropic goals. (The annual amount of such a transfer is generally limited to $100,000. Consult your tax advisor for additional requirements that apply to you).
Another way to donate to Astraea is to designate the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice as the beneficiary of your insurance policy either in full or as a percentage of the death benefit. If you have a fully paid-up whole life policy, you can transfer ownership to the Astraea Foundation. Either option may reduce your taxes – either now or in your estate. Astraea uses these funds as we do for bequests.
In many cases, a deferred gift enables a donor to make a more significant contribution to Astraea than would be possible by an outright present gift. Most often such gifts are funded with cash or stock and take the form of life income arrangements, which generate income for the donor during her lifetime or for a term of years. The principal then reverts to Astraea. The donor receives immediate tax benefits for the contribution while helping insure Astraea’s future strength. The donor may name an income beneficiary other than herself, and she may also extend the income interest to include the life of a second or survivor beneficiary, although this reduces the tax benefits.
Charitable Remainder Trusts or Charitable Gift Annuities
Charitable Lead Trusts
If you would like to designate Astraea as a beneficiary in your will, insurance policy or retirement fund, or choose a deferred gift option, please contact the Development Department at email@example.com or 212-529-6144 (ext. 846). The information set forth above is not intended as legal or tax advice and is offered for general informational and educational purposes only. State income/estate taxes and state law differ by state and may impact your results differently than as described above. Consult your own tax advisor or attorney as to whether any of these alternatives, or other giving techniques, may be applicable to or the most advantageous for your particular situation.