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Charitable Lead Trust
(A Charitable Way to Pass Assets to Heirs)

How it works

You contribute cash, securities or other property to a trust.

The trust makes fixed annual payments to the American Red Cross for a specified term of years.

When the trust ends, the remaining principal goes to your heirs.


  • You qualify for a gift tax deduction for the present value of the annuity payments to the Red Cross.
  • The annuity payments and the term of the trust can be specified in such a way so as to reduce or even eliminate the transfer taxes due when the principal reverts to your heirs.
  • All appreciation that takes place in the trust goes tax-free to your heirs.
  • You can use your available estate tax credit to further reduce taxes on transfers to your heirs.
  • You can have the satisfaction of making a significant gift to the Red Cross now that reduces the taxes due on transfers to your heirs later.

For more information

Email us, complete the personal illustration form, or call us at (800) 797-8022 Ext. 5 so that we can assist you through every step of the process.