Charitable Lead Trust

Protect Your Assets

Do you want to benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting the CMC Foundation, yet you don't want to give up any 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 the CMC Foundation 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 the CMC Foundation go up as well.

An Example of How It Works

Father smiling with children George would like to support the CMC Foundation 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 the CMC Foundation 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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Next Steps

  1. Contact Kristin Colon at 970-947-8380 or khcolon@coloradomtn.edu to talk about supporting the CMC Foundation by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the CMC Foundation in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: Colorado Mountain College Foundation, Inc.
Address: 802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Federal tax ID number: The Foundation’s 501c3 identification number is 74-2393418.

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