Planned Giving

A deferred charitable gift annuity provides fixed payments to you for life in exchange for your gift of cash or securities. The payments start on a date you choose that is at least one year after you make the gift. You will find the annuity rates even more generous for a deferred charitable gift annuity now that new – and higher -  annuity rates have been announced.

Deferred gift annuities are easy to set up, and the payments you receive are backed by the general resources of Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation for as long as you live. 

A deferred charitable gift annuity could be right for you if:

  • You have sufficient income now but want to supplement your cash flow later, for example, when you retire. The new - and higher - annuity rates will help ensure a comfortable retirement.
  • You want the security of fixed, dependable payments for life.
  • You want to save income taxes or capital gains taxes.
  • You would like income that may be partially tax-free.
  • You are considering a gift amount of $10,000 or more.
 

How Your Gift Helps

Your gifts to Treasure Health help us to partner with patients, families and the community to enable well-being through extraordinary care, specialized services and life-enhancing education. It will provide Treasure Health with the resources to…

be an inspirational community partner that allows people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life;
deliver a family of services including palliative care, hospice care, pediatric care and grief support;
uphold our commitment to make every moment count for our community members while providing the highest quality compassionate care.

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A simple contract
A deferred gift annuity is a simple arrangement between you and Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation that requires a one or two page agreement. You will incur minimal or no costs to establish the arrangement and no costs at all to maintain it.  

Irrevocable gift 
A deferred gift annuity is an irrevocable arrangement. Once you transfer assets in exchange for the deferred gift annuity, you cannot change your mind and get the assets back. This requirement assures that whatever is left of your gift when the deferred gift annuity ends will go to support Treasure Coast Hospice.

Fixed payments for life, starting when you want them
In exchange for your irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other assets, Treasure Coast Hospice will pay a fixed amount each year for life.

  • You choose when payments start. For example, you can specify that payments start in the year you plan to retire.
  • Once your payments start, they will last for your lifetime. You cannot outlive your payments.
  • Payments are predictable. Your payments will not be affected by investment performance or market conditions.  You will get the same amount each year, no matter what.
  • Payments are very secure.  They are backed by the general resources of Treasure Coast Hospice, not just by the assets you donate.

Tax-advantaged payments
Typically, part of each payment will be tax-free for many years. This tax-free portion makes your payments more valuable than an equal amount of fully taxable income.  

Who can receive payments?
You decide who will get the payments from your gift annuity. Usually, this will be you, or you and your spouse. Alternatively, you can select one or two other people to receive the payments from your gift annuity. For example, you may wish to provide income for a child, a sibling, or a faithful employee. 

Payment amount depends on age and years until payments start
As shown in the table below, the older you are when you start receiving payments and the longer you wait to start your payments, the greater the payment rate you will receive. If you choose other people to receive the payments from your deferred gift annuity, their ages when they start receiving payments will determine their payment rate.

Sample deferred annuity rates for a $5,000 gift

Age at Gift Years Deferred Payment Rate Payment Deduction

55

10

7.3%

$365

$1,541

57

8

6.8%

$340

$1,561

59

6

6.3%

$315

$1,589

60

5

6.1%

$305

$1,578

 

Tax benefits

Income tax savings 
You will earn an immediate income tax charitable deduction in the year of your gift, providing tax savings if you itemize. The amount of this deduction will depend on several factors. If you cannot use the entire deduction in one year, you may carry forward your unused deduction for up to five additional years.

Capital gains tax savings
If you give appreciated property, such as stock, to create a deferred gift annuity, you will pay tax on only some of your capital gain in the property. Even better, if you are the payment recipient of your deferred gift annuity, this capital gain will be spread out in installments over many years and won't start until the year you begin to receive payments. In this case, your capital gain income will replace some of the tax-free portion you would receive if you were to give cash.

Estate tax savings
By removing the gift assets from your estate, you may also reduce future estate taxes and probate costs. The amount of these savings will depend on the size of your estate and on estate tax law in force at the time your estate is settled.

Example

Rick Pena, 55, works full time and expects to work for another 10 years or so. He owns CDs and a money market account, both of which pay about 2% interest each year.

Rick would like to make a significant gift to Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation, but he wants to be sure he has adequate cash flow after he retires. He can dramatically increase his after-tax cash flow in his retirement by giving some of his CD or money market account funds to Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation in exchange for a deferred gift annuity.

The table below illustrates the results if Rick gives $50,000 to create a deferred gift annuity that starts making payments in 10 years. In addition to earning a substantial income tax charitable deduction, Rick is able to significantly increase his cash flow from the $50,000, and will receive an immediate income tax deduction that may provide tax savings!

 

Tax benefit Income before tax Income after tax (37% tax rate)

Rick keeps $50,000 in CD/Money Market

None

$1,000

$630

Rick funds a 7.3% gift annuity with payments deferred 10 years

$15,411* income tax deduction

$3,650

$2,942

*Deduction amount may vary depending on the timing of the gift.

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A Message from Our CEO

Susan de Cuba

President and Chief Executive Officer

Few creatures inspire as much wonder as the hummingbird. Tiny, yet strong enough to migrate 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico, this brilliant bird is the ultimate symbol of resilience. So it’s only fitting that we have incorporated a hummingbird into our new look and logo to symbolize our organization’s life-affirming mission.

Under the Treasure Coast Hospice name, we have grown our services beyond our cornerstone hospice program to include palliative care, grief support counseling and specialized pediatric care. To better reflect our expanded scope of community services, we have changed the name of our parent organization to Treasure Health, while our flagship hospice program will continue to be called Treasure Coast Hospice.

Hospice will always be the heart of our mission. The same outstanding care the community has known since 1982 will continue. The experience we’ve gained during the past 35 years translates well to other services that improve quality of life. Our full spectrum of support includes Treasure Coast Hospice, Treasure Health Palliative Care, Treasure Health Pediatric Care and Treasure Health Grief Support.

With all of our services, our goal is to empower patients and families with the knowledge and support they need to make every moment count.  Guiding our efforts is a caring community of health professionals, volunteers and donors. Like me, they believe that in all stages of illness, everyone deserves to experience the best possible quality of life.

With our comprehensive, compassionate approach to palliative care, hospice services and grief support, we are building communities that allow people to drive their own destinies for the highest quality of life in every health circumstance.

We are excited to embrace a fresh brand that helps us promote our life-affirming philosophy and look forward to having you join us as a trusted partner in supporting our community’s healthcare journey.

For more, see our spring newsletter
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Five Wishes ®

“Five Wishes ®” is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language to help you plan how you want to be cared for in case you become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will.

You decide: With more than 18 million copies in circulation, “Five Wishes ®” helps you express what you want in the areas that matter the most to you: personal, spiritual, medical and legal. It helps you describe what good care means to you, whether you are seriously ill or not, so your caregiver knows exactly what you want.

Gift to your family: “Five Wishes ®” can help start and guide family conversations in advance of serious illness, so completing it is a gift to your family, friends and also your doctor. It keeps them out of the difficult position of having to guess what kinds of treatment you want or don’t want.

Meets Florida law: “Five Wishes ®” meets the legal requirements for an advance directive in Florida and 41 other states. All you need to do is check a box, circle a direction, or write a few sentences. Once it is signed and witnessed, your “Five Wishes ®” becomes a legal document.

To learn more about “Five Wishes ®”or to schedule a presentation for your group or community, please email Craig Perry  in Martin County or Tracey Kinsley in St. Lucie County.