Charitable Remainder Trusts

Remainder Trusts

How they work

A charitable remainder trust lets you convert highly appreciated securities or real estate into income for life or a term of years without incurring capital gain tax when the asset is sold. The appreciated asset is transferred into an irrevocable charitable remainder trust and is then sold by the trustee. The proceeds are reinvested, and you and/or another designated beneficiary(ies) receive income for life or a specified term of years. When the trust terminates, the remainder will be added to the KQED Endowment.

There are two types of charitable remainder trusts:

  • Unitrust - The income you receive is a set percentage of the value of the trust's assets, which is revalued each year.
  • Annuity trust - Income payments are fixed and determined when the trust is set up. The annuity trust is most attractive to individuals who wish to avoid market risk.

We would be pleased to discuss the possibility of KQED serving as trustee of your charitable remainder trust. Typically, KQED serves as trustee for charitable remainder trusts that name KQED as the irrevocable beneficiary of $100,000 or more; that have an appropriate payout rate and whose life income beneficiaries are 65 or older.

We are always happy to consult with you and your advisor about the various charitable trust options and can provide computer modeling showing how the trust would work in your particular circumstances.

Your benefits

  • Income for life or a term of years
  • Potential for low-yielding assets to turn into more income
  • A significant income tax deduction
  • No capital gain tax at the time of the gift if appreciated assets are used to fund the trust
  • Potentially reduced estate taxes and probate costs
  • Professional, personalized investment management and trust administration by Kaspick & Company
  • Membership in our Legacy Society

For more information

To request a brochure on charitable remainder trusts and/or to receive a personalized illustration of the financial benefits of establishing a charitable remainder trust, please complete our request for information form or contact us.

Go to the Endowment page to find out how your legacy gift can live on...


Phyllis of Walnut Creek
Past recipient of the KQED Volunteer of the Year Award

"Because of my commitment to public broadcasting, I have been a volunteer at KQED for the past 20 years and have helped with the auctions, special events, and led studio tours for schoolchildren and adult members.

When selling my house and moving to a retirement community, I wanted to save on capital gain taxes, receive an income for the rest of my life, and help secure the future of KQED TV and KQED FM. After studying various alternatives, I decided that a charitable remainder trust fulfilled all my goals and would give me a charitable deduction against my income for several years. My children supported me in my plan, and I feel I'm helping to keep intelligent programming on the air for them and future generations."

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