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Charitable Lead Trust

If you want to make an impact now at the University of Nebraska 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 University of Nebraska Foundation 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 University of Nebraska Foundation:

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

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to the University of Nebraska Foundation 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 University of Nebraska Foundation go up as well.

An Example of How It Works

George would like to support the University of Nebraska 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% of the initial fair market value) to the University of Nebraska Foundation 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 $955,700. Assuming the trust earns an average 6% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $767,240 at the end of the trust term.

*Based on a 1.2% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact a member of the gift planning team at 402-458-1100 or gift.planning@nufoundation.org to talk about supporting the University of Nebraska by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the University of Nebraska Foundation in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: University of Nebraska Foundation
Address: 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300, Lincoln, NE 68508
Federal tax ID number: 47-0379839

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