For many families, real estate has been an excellent investment because its value usually increases over time. Few people realize that the real estate itself might be the source of a substantial gift. If you do not need to use your property, you can give it to Stephens now and receive a charitable deduction. You may also receive income for life if you put the property into a charitable remainder trust. If you want full use of the property but wish to leave it to Stephens upon your death, you can establish a life estate or bequest.
Benefits of using real estate as a charitable gift:
- Reduced income, and estate taxes
- Financial security for loved ones
- Increased lifetime income
- Continued use of the contributed property during your life
Bill and Barb own a home worth $200,000. They want to make a substantial gift to Stephens College, but they want to continue living in their home. They give Stephens their home but retain a life estate for themselves. They continue to live in the house until their deaths. Bill and Barb gain a large and immediate income tax deduction and remove the house from their estate, thus reducing future estate taxes. They also have the satisfaction of knowing they have made a major deferred gift to Stephens.