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Retirement plan assets are a great way to support the work at Lehigh University because they not only help support the mission, but they also can provide tax relief for your loved ones.
Money in an employee retirement plan, IRA or tax-sheltered annuity has yet to be taxed. When a distribution is made from your retirement plan account to a beneficiary, that person will owe federal income tax.
Consider leaving your loved ones less heavily taxed assets and leaving your retirement plan assets to Lehigh University to support our work. As a nonprofit organization, we are tax-exempt and will receive the full amount of what you designate to us from your plan. You can take advantage of this gift opportunity in the following ways:
Name us a beneficiary of your plan. This requires you to update your beneficiary designation form through your plan administrator. Here you can designate Lehigh University as the primary beneficiary for a percentage or specific amount. You can also make us the contingent beneficiary so that we will receive the balance of your plan only if your primary beneficiary doesn't survive you.
With the IRA charitable rollover, if you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of a simple way to help those we serve and receive tax benefits in return. You can give up to $100,000 from your IRA directly to a qualified charity such as Lehigh University without having to pay income taxes on the money.
Fund a testamentary charitable remainder trust. When you fund a charitable remainder trust with your heavily taxed retirement plan assets, the trust will receive the proceeds of your plan. The trust typically pays income to one or more named beneficiaries for life or for a set term of up to 20 years, after which the remaining assets in the trust would go to support Lehigh University. This gift provides excellent tax and income benefits for you while supporting your family and our work.
A donor advised fund. When retirement plan assets pass to your heirs, distributions are taxed as ordinary income. This income tax burden can be substantial, greatly reducing the value of the intended gift. Instead, you can designate your donor advised fund as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your retirement plan assets. Your fund receives the full amount of the gift and bypasses any federal taxes.
See How It Works
May 4, 2021—Family and Philanthropy: Growing a Lasting Legacy Presentation—An Introduction
Partnering with nationally-known family governance leader, Tom Rogerson, we shared tools for family communication, philanthropic vision, legacy planning, succession, and education. This was the first in a series of presentations as part of the Lehigh Family Philanthropy initiative.View Presentation
June 2021—Family and Philanthropy: Summer Family Fun Work—Activities to strengthen family relationships and communications
As a follow up to the May 4 Family and Philanthropy presentation, we are offering “Summer Family Fun Work” activities Tom Rogerson uses with his private clients to strengthen family relationships and communications—which are the foundation to building trust and successfully managing wealth.
If you would like to learn more, please complete the short form. We would be delighted to share the information with you. You will receive a packet by email that includes several activities for you to review and share among your family. Enjoy the activities in any season!
Take advantage of this tax-smart gift opportunity. Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy the guide Make the Most of Your Retirement Plan Assets: Avoid Taxation and Support Our Work.Download and View Your Guide
Gifts That Pay
Your payments depend on your age at the time of the donation. If you are younger than 60, we recommend that you learn more about your options. Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy of the guide Plan for Retirement With a Deferred Gift Annuity.Download and View Your Guide
Personal Estate Planning Kit
Not Sure How to Begin Planning? Fill out a brief form to download your FREE copy of the guide.Download and View Your Guide
- Contact the Office of Planned Giving at (610) 758-4749 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
- Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
- If you include Lehigh University in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.
Legal Name: Lehigh University
Address: 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3086
Federal Tax ID Number: 24-0795445
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