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Charitable Gift Annuities

A lasting contribution — and income for life

A Charitable Gift Annuity is an agreement between a donor and the Jewish community that benefits both. In exchange for a gift to the Jewish community, donors receive a guaranteed fixed income for life — beginning at age 65.

Tax benefits

A portion of the gift qualifies for a current income tax charitable deduction, thereby reducing taxes now, while the full value of the gift is removed from the donor's estate. In addition, part of the annuity payment may be tax free.

If the donor uses appreciated securities to fund a gift annuity, no capital gains taxes are due at the time of the contribution. Instead, a portion of the income from the annuity will be subject to capital gains tax, which will be paid in future years.

Income for life

The gift annuity may make payments during the donor's lifetime, or during the lives of both the donor and his/her spouse. If the donor is younger than 65, annuities may be purchased periodically in order to build a tax-advantaged retirement plan which begins making payments at age 65.


A Charitable Gift Annuity offers several financial and philanthropic benefits such as:

At a glance: