How It Works
Option 1: Give your policy to St. Christopher's
When St. Christopher's becomes the owner of your policy we can cash it in and use the proceeds. Alternatively, if you continue to pay the premiums, we could maintain the policy until it ends and then receive the full death benefit amount. In addition to the satisfaction of making a generous gift to St. Christopher's with no immediate cost, you will receive an immediate income tax charitable deduction for the value of your policy (or the total premiums you have paid, whichever is less) and an additional income tax deduction if you continue to pay premiums.
In order to make your gift, you must assign St. Christopher's all ownership rights to your policy and make St. Christopher's the irrevocable designated beneficiary of the policy.
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This can be easily accomplished by completing a simple form from your insurance company. Be sure to identify us as: St. Christopher's School Foundation, 711 St. Christopher's Road, Richmond, VA 23226, Federal Tax Identification Number: 54-1727301.
Alexander Montgomery bought a $250,000 life insurance policy on his own life shortly after the birth of the first of his four children. They are now in their 40s and 50s and no longer need the financial protection the policy provides. The cash value of his policy is now over $90,000, and he’s paid a total of $75,000 in premiums over the years.
Alexander has enjoyed a relationship of many years with St. Christopher's, and would like to make a significant gift, but is reluctant to use his liquid assets. Alexander is delighted to learn that his insurance policy can be put to a new and productive use. He arranges with his insurance agent to donate his policy.
- Alexander’s gift will entitle his to an income tax charitable deduction for the lesser of the value of the policy or the total premiums paid, $75,000 in this example.
- He has the satisfaction of making a generous gift to St. Christopher's School without affecting his current income.
- As the policy owner, St. Christopher's can either cash in the policy and have $90,000 to work with immediately or, if Alexander continues to pay premiums, hold the policy and receive $250,000 as a legacy gift from Alexander.
Option 2: Designate St. Christopher's School as a beneficiary of your policy
You can designate St. Christopher's to receive some or all of your policy’s death benefit but retain ownership of the policy. You will have the satisfaction of making a generous gift to St. Christopher's with no immediate cost to you.
This option allows you to change your mind about your gift should circumstances in your life change. Because your gift is revocable, you do not receive an income tax charitable deduction for your gifts, but your estate will receive an estate tax deduction for the amount your policy distributes to us.
It is very easy to designate St. Christopher's as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Simply contact your insurance agent to make a change in your policy’s beneficiary designation. Be sure to identify us as: St. Christopher's School Foundation, 711 St. Christopher's Road, Richmond, VA 23226, Federal Tax Identification Number: 54-1727301.
Loans against your policy can create taxable income
If you give a life insurance policy on which you have an outstanding unpaid loan, you may have to declare a portion of the loan as taxable income. Check with your financial advisor; it may be best to pay off the loan prior to making your gift. If you plan to designate St. Christopher's as a beneficiary of your policy (Option 2), an unpaid loan against your policy will not affect your tax picture.
Give a paid-up life insurance policy
Sometimes a life insurance policy may be “paid-up” which means it will stay active without any additional premium payments. A paid-up life insurance policy is a valuable asset and makes an excellent gift.
Some states do not allow you to give a life insurance policy to a charity
For your gift of life insurance to be valid, your state of residence must consider a charity to have an “insurable interest” in your policy. Most states do but verify that this is true in your state before you make your gift.