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You can benefit from the tax savings that result from supporting Mercy Home for Boys & Girls without giving up the assets that you'd like your family to receive someday with a donation in the form of a charitable lead trust.

There are two ways that charitable lead trusts make payments to the Mercy Home:

A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to the Mercy Home and is more attractive when interest rates are low.

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a unitrust, if the trust's assets go up in value, for example, the payments to the Mercy Home go up as well.

An Example of How It Works

Man smiling George would like to support Mercy Home and provide for his children. George received a windfall amount of income and needs a large income tax deduction to offset the income. Following his advisor's recommendation, George funds a grantor charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $1,000,000. George's trust pays $70,000 (7 percent of the initial fair market value) to Mercy Home each year for 15 years, which will total $1,050,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $873,110. Assuming the trust earns an average 6 percent annual rate of return, George receives approximately $767,240 at the end of the trust term.

*Assuming annual payments and a 2.4 percent charitable midterm federal rate.

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Next Steps

  1. Contact Philanthropic Advisor at 1-800-378-8266 or plannedgift@mercyhome.org to talk about supporting Mercy Home by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include Mercy Home in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Inc.
Address: Chicago, IL
Federal Tax ID Number: 36-2171726