Charitable Lead Trust

Protect Your Assets

If you want to make an impact now at the International Rescue Committee 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 the International Rescue Committee 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 the IRC:

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

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

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See which type of charitable trust best fits your estate plan with the FREE guide Trusts: Choose From Two Ways to Donate.

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Federal tax ID number:13-5660870
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An Example of How It Works

Father smiling with children George would like to support the IRC and receive tax benefits. 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 $60,000 (6% of the initial fair market value) to the IRC each year for 15 years, which will total $900,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $686,160. Assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $1,619,706 at the end of the trust term.

*Based on a 3.6% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

Next Steps

  1. Contact IRC's Planned Giving Team at (212) 551-2954 or plannedgiving@rescue.org to talk about supporting the IRC by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the IRC in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: International Rescue Committee, Inc.
Address: 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168-1289
Federal tax ID number: 13-5660870