We have some exciting news that can help you boost your retirement income while supporting Northwestern. Effective July 1, 2018, charitable gift annuity rates will increase.

How It Works

The concept is simple. With a charitable gift annuity, you make a donation using cash, marketable securities or other assets, and Northwestern, in turn, pays you a fixed amount for life. With this type of gift, you can feel secure knowing you can count on receiving stable payments for as long as you live. If you make your gift on or after July 1, the gift annuity rates will be an estimated 30 to 50 basis points higher than current rates based on your age at the time of the gift.

Contact Northwestern Gift Planning at 800-826-6709 or giftplanning@northwestern.edu to begin planning your gift.

Here is an Example of How You May Benefit

Under the current rate schedule, Mary, 79, transfers $25,000 in exchange for a charitable gift annuity. She will receive annual payments of $1,650, a rate of 6.6 percent. Instead, if Mary waits to make her gift on or after the new rate schedule is in place on July 1, the same gift amount will provide $1,775 in annual payments, reflecting a 7.1 percent rate. That is a payout rate increase of approximately 7.5 percent.

New Rate Charts (effective July 1, 2018)
One Recipient Two Recipients
Age Rate Ages Rate
60 4.7% 60/65 4.3%
65 5.1% 65/70 4.7%
70 5.6% 70/75 5.2%
75 6.2% 75/80 5.7%
80 7.3% 80/85 6.6%
85 8.3% 85/90 8.0%
90+ 9.5% 90/95+ 9.3%

Additional Benefits

Beyond increasing your retirement income, gift annuities offer you tax benefits, including:

  • A partial income tax charitable deduction in the year you make your gift, when you itemize.
  • Part of each payment is income tax-free throughout your estimated life expectancy.

Tip: Consider Giving Appreciated Assets

Funding a gift annuity with appreciated assets, such as securities, will not only provide you with reliable payments for life and allow you to support Northwestern’s work, but it can offer financial benefits. You will receive a federal income tax charitable deduction (when you itemize) in the year the gift is made and eliminate part of the capital gains tax you would have paid if selling the securities.

We Can Help

We would be happy to send you a free, no-obligation illustration showing you the increased benefits you can receive from a charitable gift annuity if you make your gift on or after July 1, 2018. Your personalized illustration will include your potential income tax charitable deduction and our annual payments to you for life. Contact Northwestern Gift Planning at 800-826-6709 or giftplanning@northwestern.edu to begin.

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Northwestern a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to Northwestern, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Northwestern or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Northwestern as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Northwestern as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Northwestern where you agree to make a gift to Northwestern and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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