Charitable Lead Trust

Next Steps

  1. Contact the Planned Giving & Endowments team at 202.488.6591 or to talk about supporting the Museum by setting up a charitable lead trust.
  2. Seek the advice of your financial or legal advisor.
  3. If you include the Museum in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal name: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW Washington, DC 20024-2126
Federal tax ID number: 52-1309391

Protect Your Assets

If you want to make an impact now at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and also provide for your family later, consider setting up a charitable lead trust. You transfer cash or appreciated assets to a trust that makes payments to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for a period of time. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets pass to your family or other beneficiaries you select.

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

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

A charitable lead unitrust pays a variable amount each year to the Museum 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 Museum go up as well.

Example: How It Works

Michael would like to support the Museum and receive tax benefits. Michael received a windfall amount of income and needs a large income tax charitable deduction to offset the income. Following his advisor’s recommendation, Michael funds a grantor charitable lead annuity trust with assets valued at $1 million. Michael’s trust pays $60,000 (6% of the initial fair market value) to the Museum each year for 15 years, which will total $900,000. After that, the balance in the trust passes to Michael’s children. Michael receives an income tax charitable deduction of $614,450, and assuming the trust earns an average 8% annual rate of return, his children will receive approximately $1,579,621 at the end of the trust term.

*Based on a 5.2% charitable midterm federal rate. Deductions and calculations will vary depending on your personal circumstances.

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