Reaching philanthropic goals is different for every family and often is combined with specific financial goals they seek to achieve. Some focus on alleviating significant tax situations they may find themselves in. Some may need to replace the income of an asset they are selling, like their business or real estate. Others may seek a way to have their children avoid the hefty SECURE Act tax when their children inherit their IRA.
However, the philanthropic-minded have the desire to maximize their effect on causes and charities that are dear to them. They also want to leave a positive impact for their family to follow. Two charitable strategies that work exceptionally well together are a type of trust called a charitable remainder trust and an account used explicitly for charitable giving called a donor-advised fund.
Combined, they can help a worthy cause, leave a positive impact for their family to follow, and satisfy distinct financial goals they want to accomplish. Let us examine what they are and how they can work together.
What is a Charitable Remainder Trust?
A charitable remainder trust is generally used when you are selling a highly appreciated asset like publicly traded stocks, business, real estate, or cryptocurrencies, to name a few. Instead of selling the investment and paying a high capital gains tax, you transfer the asset into the charitable remainder trust and have the trust sell it.
Since, in the eyes of the IRS, the trust is a tax-exempt entity, you can eliminate the capital gains tax at the point of sale.
When you establish this trust, you select an income beneficiary who will receive a stream of income from the trust for a set number of years or for their lifetime. The income beneficiary can be you and your spouse. If you are using this trust to eliminate the SECURE Act tax to provide more income for your children when they inherit your IRA, the income beneficiary could be your children.
After naming the income beneficiary, you also name a charity that will receive whatever remains in the trust after the income beneficiary passes away, creating a charitable gift. This charity is known as the remainder beneficiary as it receives whatever remained in the trust after the income beneficiary passes away.
Because there will be a gift made to charity, the IRS gives you an immediate tax deduction that you can use towards other income when the trust is funded.
What is a Donor-Advised Fund?
A donor-advised fund, like the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund, is an account that is at a nonprofit sponsoring organization (DAF host) that allows you to make a charitable contribution to the fund and receive an immediate tax deduction. You then decide what charities you want to support and when you want to make the contribution. The fund handles all of the administrative details, and your financial advisor manages the investments. This means you and your family can focus on giving.
Naming a Donor-Advised Fund as the Charity for your Charitable Remainder Trust
By combining these two powerful strategies, you create many benefits. One of the benefits is that it eases the pressures of deciding who the ultimate charity or charities should be when the trust is established.
Remember, the money will go to the charity only when the income beneficiary passes away, which could be many decades into the future.
Not only can you use the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund as the remainder beneficiary of your charitable remainder trust, but you can also utilize the fund as the vehicle you and your family will use outside of the trust for charitable gifts made during your lifetime. This creates ease and convenience.
Additionally, it also allows your family to stay involved long after the income beneficiary passes away. Suppose you were the income beneficiary of the charitable remainder trust. By naming the Dunham Donor-Advised Fund as the remainder beneficiary, you leave a positive impact for your family to follow by empowering multiple generations to give to the causes they care about.
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