Charitable Remainder TrustsCharitable 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 (charitable remainder trusts can also be funded with cash). 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.

When you establish a charitable remainder trust you must select a trustee to administer the trust. KQED may serve as the trustee if certain requirements are met. These include: minimum funding amount, payout rate and the term of the trust.

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 TIAA Kaspick
  • Membership in our Legacy Society
  • The satisfaction of making a significant contribution to the future of public media.

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.