Provide for Your Loved Ones and VMFA

Charitable Lead Trusts

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Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting VMFA, without giving up assets that you'd like your family to receive someday? You can have it both ways with a charitable lead trust.

There are two ways charitable lead trusts make payments:

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

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year 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 VMFA go up as well.

A Giving Story

Man smilingGeorge would like to support VMFA 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 percent of the initial fair market value) to VMFA 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 $854,311.

Assuming the trust earns an average 6 percent annual rate of return, George receives approximately $767,240 at the end of the trust term.

*Assuming annual payments and a 3.2 percent charitable midterm federal rate.

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You can use the following assets to fund a charitable lead trust:

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Leslie Ellis at 804.204.2726 or leslie.ellis@vmfa.museum to talk about supporting VMFA by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include VMFA in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation
Address: 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
Federal Tax ID Number: 51-0205333

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