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Development: Planned Giving

Some of the many benefits of Planned Giving
  • The donor may gain a charitable tax deduction now – even for future gifts.
  • It can help a donor reduce or avoid capital gains tax.
  • It can lower estate taxes.
  • It can protect and potentially increase the size of one’s estate  
    for one’s heirs
  • It could increase one’s existing income.
  • It continues the generosity one has shown through life.
  • Finally, it can help one recognize the dream of making the largest contribution of a lifetime, giving a gift that has major impact on the success of our parish.
planned giving

Types of Planned Giving:

Gifts of Cash
A gift of cash can be one of the most convenient ways to make a planned gift.  Cash contributions are deductible as an itemized tax deduction in the year you make the donation, up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income.  Any excess contribution may be carried forward for up to 5 additional years.

Gifts of Securities
Establish a planned gift with stocks, mutual funds or bonds that have increased greatly in value, especially those securities producing a low yield.  Using gifts of securities can help you avoid capital gains taxes, but it is critical that you transfer the physical securities to Our Lady of the Valley Parish rather the proceeds from a sale.

Charitable Bequests
A charitable bequest is made through a will or trust.  This gift can include cash, securities, real estate, and tangible personal property such as jewelry or art, or a percentage of your estate.

Charitable Gift Annuities
A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable gift arrangement between you and the Our Lady of the Valley Parish in which you receive a guaranteed fixed income for life, and/or the life of another beneficiary.  Gift annuities can be established with either cash or securities.  The guaranteed interest rate is based entirely upon your age and/or the age of an additional beneficiary.

Deferred Gift Annuity
This gift arrangement allows you to defer your annuity income payment for one or more years.  An older donor may establish a deferred gift annuity for a younger beneficiary, but the payments must be deferred until the beneficiary reaches age 60.  Donors less than 60 years of age may establish a deferred gift annuity.  If the donor is to be the recipient of the income payments, those payments may not begin until age 60.

Life Insurance
You can simply name Our Lady of the Valley Parish as the beneficiary of a policy you already own or you can establish a new policy and name Our Lady of the Valley as the owner and beneficiary.  Or, you can donate an existing fully paid life insurance policy to Our Lady of the Valley.

Charitable Remainder Trust
This deferred gift enables you to simultaneously make a generous charitable gift, generate income for yourself or your family, receive a tax deduction and remove taxable assets from your estate.  The two types of this trust are the Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust and the Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

Charitable Lead Trust
A Charitable Lead Trust is often described as the opposite of a Charitable Remainder Trust.  This gift provides income to the Our Lady of the Valley for a number of years or for a lifetime.  At the end of the trust’s term, the remaining principal of the trust is returned to your estate or to other beneficiaries.


For more information and assistance in planning your gift to Our Lady of the Valley Parish, please contact our Pastor, Rev. Douglas McGonagle: fr.mcgonagle@gmail.com   tel. (413) 527- 9778 x15