Wayne State College

Making a Gift

Planned Giving

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Planned giving is a technique that helps you maximize the personal benefits of your charitable giving, allowing you to make gifts you thought were well beyond your abilities. This can be achieved by following the tax laws and benefiting from charitable tax deductions. The following avenues of giving can be tailored to meet your specific financial and philanthropic needs.


A bequest is a provision in your will or trust that directs a portion of your estate to a named beneficiary, such as Wayne State Foundation. Charitable bequests reduce your taxable estate and may also provide significant estate tax savings.

It is never too early to include Wayne State Foundation in your estate plans. Your will or trust can designate a specific asset, a percentage of the remainder of your estate, or all of the remainder of your estate. This can be done by adding an amendment to your existing will.

You can choose how the funds from your bequest gift are to be used. Unrestricted gifts are extremely valuable as they allow the Wayne State Foundation to apply the funds to the College’s greatest needs, while restricted gifts benefit a particular department or program. An endowment is a fund that is maintained in perpetuity, and only a portion of the annual investment return is used for the purposes specified by the donor. The rest of the return is reinvested for growth. Such endowments, which typically bear the name of a donor, leave a meaningful legacy and reflect your commitment to Wayne State College.

Life Insurance

This is an affordable way for younger donors to make a significant gift to Wayne State Foundation. Donating a life insurance policy to Wayne State Foundation is a cost effective way of making a sizable gift that otherwise may not be possible during your lifetime.

You may already own a whole life policy where the original purpose for purchasing the protection no longer applies. By naming Wayne State Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of your policy, you will receive a charitable deduction for the lesser of the total policy premiums paid or the net cash value of the policy. If the policy you donate is not "paid up," you can make annual tax-deductible gifts to cover the continuing premium cost.

If you purchase a new policy and name Wayne State Foundation as owner and irrevocable beneficiary, your periodic premium payments are considered a charitable contribution. Gifting a new policy to the Wayne State Foundation is an attractive option for young donors who desire to make a significant gift but have a small portfolio.

You may also name Wayne State Foundation as the primary beneficiary of your life insurance policy without transferring ownership but since this is considered a revocable arrangement for a future gift, no current tax deduction would be available.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable contract between you and the Wayne State Foundation. In exchange for a gift of cash, real estate, or marketable securities, the Foundation promises to pay a fixed amount each year to one or two beneficiaries for the rest of their lives. Upon the death of the last beneficiary, the remaining balance of the gift annuity benefits Wayne State College as specified by you in the contract.

Financial benefits include:

  • A fixed income for life
  • A portion of the annuity payment is tax free
  • You receive a charitable deduction upon establishing the gift annuity (usually 30-50% of the amount transferred)
  • Current avoidance of capital gain upon transfer of appreciated securities
  • Freedom from investment responsibilities

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable remainder trust (CRT) is a gift arrangement that allows you to provide income to yourself or others while making a significant deferred gift to Wayne State Foundation. The income may continue for the lifetimes of the beneficiaries you name and/or a fixed term. After the death of the last beneficiary or the end of the trust term, the assets in the trust pass to the Foundation to be used as specified in the trust document. Cash, marketable securities, or real estate can be used to establish your trust.

The Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) allows your payout rate to be determined annually based on the markets performance. The Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) will pay you a fixed rate for the rest of your life, with no investment worries or responsibilities.

Financial benefits include:

  • An annual income for life (lives) or a specified term of years
  • You receive a charitable deduction upon establishing the trust
  • Current avoidance of capital gain upon transfer of appreciated assets
  • Freedom from investment responsibilities

Charitable Lead Trust

A charitable lead trust provides an annual distribution to Wayne State Foundation (that benefits a designated area) for a specified number of years or a lifetime. After the trust terminates, the trust assets are returned to you or to individuals that you wish to benefit (children, grandchildren). The trust may be established during your life or after you pass away.

The charitable lead trust is a complex vehicle that can offer significant financial benefits to you and your family:

  • May generate significant wealth transfer to heirs at minimal gift or estate tax cost
  • May greatly reduce your taxable estate
  • May be especially beneficial if the assets used to create the trust have great appreciation potential
  • A charitable lead trust is not a tax-exempt entity. Due to its complexity, we recommend you consult with your professional advisers in addition to a member of our staff.

Retirement Plan Assets

The current law states that any remaining balance in your qualified retirement plan is fully includable in your estate for tax purposes and can be subject to both income tax and estate taxes. By naming the Wayne State Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, both forms of tax are avoided. The value of the estate is reduced for tax purposes, which could benefit heirs.

This information is presented for illustrative purposes only and should not be relied upon as tax advice. Donors should consult their professional advisers.

Contact Information

If you wish to receive more information, please contact:

Kevin Armstrong

Amber Sperry

Megan Finn