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Charitable Gift Annuity

What is a Charitable Gift Annuity?

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is a gift structured to provide income for the donor and possibly a secondary beneficiary. The annuitant, the person investing funds, receives a contract or agreement stating that Denver Botanic Gardens will pay the annuitant a fixed income for life with payments to start immediately or at some set future time. A CGA is at least $100,000 and the payout on the annuity is based on the age of the beneficiary, where the older the beneficiary, the higher the rate. A CGA is attractive to donors who want to support the Gardens but need income while they are still alive.

What are the Benefits of a Charitable Gift Annuity?

  • The donor receives a charitable tax deduction in the year of the gift based on the estimated future gift value.
  • Often increases the donor’s annual income.
  • Probate or court involvement is avoided on this gift.
  • The income paid under the annuity is well-secured by the assets of the Gardens.
  • A gift of appreciated assets, such as stock, enables the donor to delay capital gains taxes.

What are types of Charitable Gift Annuities?

  • Single life – the Gardens pays lifetime income to one person; the donor must be 65 or older.
  • Two lives – the Gardens pays lifetime income to two people; the amount remains the same until the last beneficiary dies; the donor must be 65 or older.
  • Deferred – The Gardens will begin paying the annual amount at a specified date in the future; this is attractive for retirement planning as the annual amount will be much greater if the payment is deferred to a later date; minimum age is 50, with the first payment due at age 65.

For more information about charitable gift annuities, please contact us:
Director of Development

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Denver Botanic Gardens, Inc.
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