Charitable lead trust

Protect your assets

If you want to make an impact now at Environmental Defense Fund 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 Environmental Defense Fund 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 EDF:

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

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to EDF 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 EDF 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.

An example of how it works

Father smiling with children George would like to support EDF 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 EDF 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 Cynthia Eubank DiLeo at 877-677-7397 or legacy@edf.org to talk about supporting EDF by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include EDF in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Environmental Defense Fund, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
Federal tax ID number: 11-6107128

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