Charitable Lead Trusts


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This type of gift arrangement allows you to direct current gifts to Colorado State University for a specified period of time and, in turn, receive a reduction in gift or estate taxes on assets you wish to pass to heirs. This can be an excellent gift option if you own a valuable asset that you want to keep in the family, you expect will appreciate in value, and that currently produces income. There are two types of charitable lead trusts:

A charitable lead unitrust (CLUT) pays a variable amount each year based on the value of the assets in the trust. With a CLUT, the payout to CSU may fluctuate depending on the asset value in the trust. At the termination of the CLUT, like a charitable lead annuity trust, the return of principal to you or your heirs is allowed.

A charitable lead annuity trust pays a fixed amount each year to CSU and, at termination of the trust, allows the return of principal to you or your heirs.

An Example of
How it Works

Man smiling George would like to support CSU and receive tax benefits. 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 $60,000 (6% of the initial fair market value) to CSU each year for 15 years, which will total $900,000. After that, the balance in the trust reverts back to George. He receives an income tax charitable deduction of $686,160. Assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, George receives approximately $1,619,706 at the end of the trust term.

*Based on a 3.6% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

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Next Steps

  1. Complete the Statement of Intent form to let us know of your gift intentions and to ensure peace of mind that your gift will have the desired impact at CSU.
  2. Contact the Office of Gift Planning at or (970) 491-4254 for additional information.
  3. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  4. When including CSU in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Colorado State University Foundation
Location: 7115 Campus Delivery, 2243 Center Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80523-7115
Federal Tax ID Number: 23-7098397