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Gifts of Real Estate

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Learn more about the many ways to use real estate to support Big Life in the FREE guide, 7 Ways to Donate Real Estate.

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Want to make a big gift to Big Life without touching your bank account? Consider giving us real estate. Such a generous gift helps us continue our work for years to come. And a gift of real estate also helps you. When you give us appreciated property you have held for longer than one year, you will receive a federal income tax charitable deduction. This eliminates capital gains tax. And you no longer have to deal with that property's maintenance costs, property taxes, or insurance.

Another benefit: You don't have to hassle with selling the real estate. You can deed the property directly to Big Life or ask your attorney to add a few sentences in your will or trust agreement.

You can give real estate to Big Life in the following ways:

An outright gift+

When you make a gift today of real estate you have owned for longer than one year, you will obtain a federal income tax charitable deduction equal to the property's full fair market value. This deduction lets you reduce the cost of making the gift and frees up cash that otherwise would have been used to pay taxes. By donating the property to Big Life, you also eliminate capital gains tax on its appreciation. Furthermore, the transfer is not subject to gift tax, and the gift reduces your future taxable estate.

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A gift in your will or living trust+

A gift of real estate through your will or living trust allows you the flexibility to change your mind, as well as the potential to support our work with a larger gift than you could during your lifetime. In as little as one or two sentences, you can ensure that your support for Big Life continues after your lifetime and that your estate will benefit from a federal estate tax charitable deduction.

A retained life estate+

Perhaps you like the tax advantages a gift of real estate to Big Life would offer, but you want to continue living in your personal residence for your lifetime. You can transfer your personal residence or farm to Big Life, but keep the right to occupy (or rent out) the home for the rest of your life. You would continue to pay real estate taxes, maintenance fees, and insurance on the property. Even though we would not actually take possession of the residence until after your lifetime, since your gift cannot be revoked, you would receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction for a portion of your home's value.

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A deferred charitable gift annuity+

Are you tired of the hassles of maintaining your property, such as paying taxes, utilities, and repair bills? Consider donating the property to Big Life in exchange for reliable payments for life for yourself (and someone else, if you choose). When you arrange a charitable gift annuity, you're allowed a federal income tax charitable deduction in the year you set up the gift annuity when you itemize on your taxes. If you use appreciated real estate to make a gift, you can usually eliminate capital gains tax on a portion of the gift and spread the rest of the gain over your life expectancy. A gift of unmortgaged property to fund a deferred gift annuity is preferable and generates the greatest tax benefit.

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A charitable remainder unitrust+

You can contribute any type of appreciated real estate you've owned for more than one year, provided it's unmortgaged, in exchange for an income stream for life or a term of up to 20 years. The donated property may be a residence (a personal residence must be vacant upon contribution), undeveloped land, a farm or commercial property. Real estate works well with only certain variations of charitable remainder trusts. Your estate planning attorney, who will draft your trust, can give you more details.

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A charitable lead trust+

This gift can be a wonderful way for you to support Big Life and simultaneously transfer appreciated real estate to your family tax-free. You should consider funding the charitable lead trust with real estate that is income-producing and expected to increase in value over the term of the trust.

A memorial or endowed gift+

A gift of real estate may be a perfect way to honor your loved one in perpetuity. When you make an endowed gift of real estate, your contribution is invested with and becomes part of our endowment. An annual distribution is made for the purpose you designate. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will generate support in perpetuity.

A donor advised fund+

When you transfer real estate to your donor advised fund, you avoid capital gains taxes and receive a federal income tax deduction based on the fair market value of the property.

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  1. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor to make sure this gift fits your goals.
  2. Contact Kim McCoy at 971-322-3326 or plannedgiving@biglife.org to discuss the possibility of giving real estate to Big Life.
  3. If you include Big Life in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Big Life Foundation USA
Address: 24010 NE Treehill Drive, Wood Village, OR 97060
Federal Tax ID Number: 27-3455389

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Big Life a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Big Life [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Big Life or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Big Life as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Big Life as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Big Life where you agree to make a gift to Big Life and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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