You may be surprised to learn that some of the best gift plans actually improve the donor’s financial and tax situation.
These gift plans are known as “planned gifts”. Planned gifts can be revocable—a charitable bequest in your will, for example—so that you can change your mind at any time. Or, planned gifts can be irrevocable—just as outright gifts are—so that you benefit from an immediate income tax deduction.
The attraction of irrevocable planned gifts is that they are deferred. You part with an asset today, but the actual giving of the asset to Palmer Trinity School is put off for a while, often until after your lifetime (and that of a beneficiary, if you wish). Until that time, the donor receives benefits from the gift.
See below for a brief summary of some common planned gift options.