There is no stronger endorsement of our mission than one from the people who know us the best, our Alumni/ae. You may wish to support the Seminary's annual fund or endowment or another aspect of our work such as maintaining the grounds through the Chelsea Square Conservancy, the Seminary's Library, or another of our many programs. Click on the links to learn how the Seminary benefits from your gift in each of these areas.
Philanthropy has shaped and guided General Seminary for almost two hundred years. We are grateful to so many of our Alumni/ae who continue to contribute to the education of future leaders for Christ's Church. We may be sure it will determine its future as GTS looks ahead to a third century of service. Help us plant the seeds of increase!
Your giving continues to provide a Seminary that leads by example. See what the New York Times has to say about our new work of Environmental Stewardship: Geothermal Energy.
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Charitable Trust Details
Charitable Remainder Unitrust
A trust providing for a variable rate of income is a Charitable Remainder Unitrust. A Charitable Remainder Unitrust provides income to you or a designated beneficiary based on a payout rate (not less than 5%) of the fair market value of the trust assets as determined annually.
Advantages: Creating a unitrust entitles you to a charitable deduction for the value of General Seminary's remainder interest. Transfers are exempt from capital-gains tax, and the same limitations and carry-over provisions apply. You receive a guaranteed income for life, and the Seminary receives in your name a significant gift.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust
A trust providing for a fixed rate of income is a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust. If you are concerned primarily with receiving (or having your designated beneficiary receive) a specified amount during the term of the trust, you may prefer to establish an annuity trust. The required annual income distribution is predetermined by the donor at a minimum of 5% of the fair market value of the trust assets as of the date the assets are transferred to the trust. The same tax deduction, limitation and holdover regulations apply to the annuity trust as in the case of a unitrust.
Advantages: Creating an annuity trust entitles you to a charitable deduction for the value of General Seminary's remainder interest. Transfers are exempt from capital gains tax and the same limitations and carry-over provisions apply. You receive a predetermined guaranteed income for life, and the Seminary receives in your name a significant gift.
Charitable Lead Trust
A Charitable Lead Trust is the reverse of a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust or Unitrust. In the case of the latter, the donor retains a life interest in the income from the trust's principal, which is transferred to General Seminary at the end of its term. With a Charitable Lead Trust the opposite is true. The donor transfers income from the corpus (the "lead" interest) to the Seminary, but the trust principal is distributed to non-charitable beneficiaries, usually children or grandchildren (or to trusts for their benefit) at the end of the trust's term.
Advantages: Although a Charitable Lead Trust may take a number of forms, they all offer similar tax benefits. The donor must have an income producing asset, the income from which is donated to the Seminary for a specified period of time. The asset is then transferred to non-charitable beneficiaries. In estate planning, a Charitable Lead Trust is an excellent method for minimizing gift or estate transfer tax incurred on the taxpayer's transfer of assets to family members or other individuals.
Example: A donor establishes a 20-year Charitable Lead Annuity Trust with $1,000,000. The trust agreement specifies that General Seminary shall receive 7% of the original principal's value, or $70,000 in income annually, for purposes stated in the agreement. At the end of twenty years, the donor's heir receives the trust principal. The gift tax on this transfer is calculated on what the IRS estimates the value of the trust's principal will be at the end of the term-$222,540 in this case, according to current Treasury tables. The beneficiary is liable for gift tax only on this remainder value. The balance of the principal passes to the beneficiary tax-free. (The liability on the remainder value may be offset by any estate-tax and gift-tax unified credits available to the donor.)
Life Estate Contract
It is possible for you to make a gift of your personal residence to General Seminary, reserving the right to live in the house as long as you or your spouse or partner live. If the gift is made on an irrevocable basis, you qualify for an immediate income-tax deduction for the present value of the Seminary's remainder interest in the property.
Advantages: There are several benefits in making a gift via a Life Estate Contract. First, you will receive a substantial charitable contribution deduction based on the value of the remainder interest without an expenditure of cash or reduction in income. Second, you retain the right to continue to live in the residence. Third, you have the satisfaction of knowing that General Seminary will receive a substantial future benefit from your gift.
Wealth Replacement Trust
A Wealth Replacement Trust is a vehicle for protecting the interests of your heirs while still providing for a significant gift to General Seminary. Under this plan you as a donor give to the Seminary property or assets, either outright or through one of the other deferred giving vehicles detailed in these pages. Using the tax savings generated by the gift, you then purchase a life insurance policy with your heirs as beneficiary.
Advantages: The Wealth Replacement Trust restores the assets of your estate which have been used to make a charitable gift, and can be designed to provide your heirs with their bequests free of estate taxes.
Make a Monthly Donation
"I could not be who I am today without having spent 3 years on the Close. That made me delighted to click the "Submit Payment" button because the church is only as good as the people in it, and you guys are all simply amazing to me..." Erika VonHaaren '05
Have you considered making a monthly gift to the Annual Fund?
Our strongest supporters have always been and continue to be our Alumni/ae. Even in these economic circumstances, so many alumni/ae are seeking way to increase their generosity to their Seminary. One of the most effective ways can be to spread a gift out over the course of 12 months. Through setting up a simple transaction with your bank, you can have your donation automatically sent to General every month.
These monthly transactions accumulate to a major gift to the Annual Fund.
Annual Fund: Monthly Gift:
A gift to the Annual Fund is the first and best way to support General. Now, making a monthly gift has never been easier. Click here and select your amount, and the frequency of your gift. You can also sleect how many months in a row you would like to continue making this gift, or make an indefinite gift. As always, you can discontinue your gift to General at any time. Thank you for considering this investment in Theological Education.
Leaders for the Church 2003-2007
Gifts made to the Seminary for all purposes in the Leaders for the Church campaign totaled $19.2 million. With a goal of $15 million, Leaders for the Church was the most successful campaign in the Seminary's history.
- $5.1 million for the capital purposes, including $4.2 for the Tutu Center
- $7.1 million for the endowment
- $7.0 million for the annual fund and program initiatives
Highlights of the campaign included four $1,000,000 gifts and 100% participation among students in the classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008.
At the start of the campaign, we promised Desmond Tutu that we would create in his name a place where the skills to change the world are taught, learned, and proclaimed. Our students—lay and ordained, those seeking ordination and those seeking personal or professional enrichment—carry with them the Archbishop's call to create a world where, "...there may be a little more gentleness; a little more caring; a little more laughter; a little more compassion."