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Melanie Zauel

Senior Director, Planned Giving & Leadership Gifts

Michigan Engineering
Office of Advancement
(734) 647-7093

2105 LEC

Charitable Gift Annuity

How it Works

A charitable gift annuity is established with a simple contract between the donor and the University of Michigan. In exchange for a minimum gift of $10,000, the University of Michigan agrees to pay a fixed amount each year to one or two beneficiaries (annuitants) for life. When the donor dies, the gift benefits a purpose previously determined by the donor.

Potential Benefits

  • Receive fixed annual payments for life
  • A portion of the annual payments may be tax-free
  • Receive a charitable tax deduction for a portion of the gift
  • Reduce or eliminate estate taxes
  • May avoid capital gains tax, if funded with appreciated securities
  • Donor may choose to defer payments until a later date

This Might Interest You if You…

  • Are interested in receiving an income now or in the future
  • May have highly-appreciated, low-yielding assets
  • Are interested in receiving a charitable tax deduction now

How to Get Started