Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Helping others in your community

Estate Tax Savings

Income Tax Savings

Capital Gains Savings

Fixed Income for Life

Our hope is to serve you and your family with helpful information about planned giving gifts. We have an increasing number of friends and supporters who now are benefiting from life income gifts, gift annuities, and other plans. Thank you for taking the time to explore the benefits of gift planning. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Greg at 224-585-4378 or email with any questions about making a planned gift to the Center of Concern.

The Center of Concern is also pleased to offer you a free will planning guide and an Estate Planning Worksheet. This guide and worksheet will help you begin your planning process. To request a copy or to download the guide complete this form

Gifts can take multiple forms and can help you address your personal goals and dreams. Do you want to make a significant gift during your lifetime, or would a gift as part of your estate work better? Do you have a particular asset that you are thinking of donating? Do you want to increase your retirement income, or is your primary goal estate preservation? Are you carrying surplus life insurance or a large balance in your retirement plan? Here are some places to start as you consider ways to support yourself, your loved ones and the Center of Concern all at the same time.

The benefits of charitable giving are many, whether your gift comes through a bequest or during life giving opportunities. Almost every charitable gift can be considered an investment. Potential benefits to charitable estate planning include:

Wills, Stocks, Revocable Living Trust, Life Income Gifts, Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Life Estate, Real Estate, and Retirement Account, as well as some other gift types that are listed below. If you are planning to make a year-end gift and itemize your taxes click here.

If you have a question about a planned gift call Greg at 224-585-4378.

Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT)
The most popular and flexible type of life income plan is a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT). Cash, securities, real property, or other assets are transferred into the trust. The trustee manages the trust assets and pays you or others you choose a variable income for life or for a term of years. When the trust terminates, the remaining assets in the trust are transferred to the Center of Concern.
Two Types of Charitable Trusts
A Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust share many common advantages with two important distinctions. A Charitable Remainder Unitrust pays the beneficiary a fixed percentage of the principal of the trust as it is revalued annually. This type of trust provides the donor with the flexibility to make additional gifts to the trust. In contrast, a Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust pays the beneficiary a fixed dollar amount, which is determined when the trust is established. Additional gifts to this type of trust are not permitted. Depending on your needs, you may find one trust arrangement more attractive than the other.
Benefits of Gifting Appreciated Assets

Are your appreciated assets (such as stock, bonds or real estate) producing little or no income?
If you sell your appreciated assets, you will pay a large capital gains tax. A sale and charitable remainder unitrust may be the solution.

How a Sale and Unitrust Works.

  • You give a portion of your asset.
  • The asset is sold, you receive cash and the rest goes to fund your charitable trust.
  • The trust will provide you with income for the rest of your life.
  • You receive a charitable deduction this year to offset your tax on the sale.

Benefits of a Sale and Unitrust

  • You get the cash you need to purchase another residence, travel or meet your daily needs.
  • The Unitrust provides you with income for the rest of your life and future retirement.
  • The Unitrust deduction gives you valuable tax savings that may reduce your tax bill this year.
  • When you pass away, the remaining value in the Unitrust will help us further our work.
Deferred Gift Annuity (DGA)

If you are 60 or older, a Deferred Gift Annuity (DGA) can provide you with income and/or capital gains tax advantages and high, fixed income when you reach 65. The same investment will benefit the charities in which you most believe. The Deferred Gift Annuity (DGA) If you are younger than 65 this annuity can be used as a retirement planning vehicle to supplement existing retirement assets. It is most beneficial to donors who have already made the maximum contributions to their existing retirement plans.

You will be paid a fixed amount of income on a regular basis, beginning at age 65. Part of the gift qualifies for an immediate income tax deduction. That will reduce your current taxes. And the full value of the gift is removed from your estate. The younger you are, the larger the tax-deductible portion of the gift. What’s more, part of the annuity payment may be received as tax-free income.

Many donors create Deferred Gift Annuities on an annual basis to build retirement assets. The donor may name a joint and successor beneficiary who will receive the annuity at the end of the donor’s lifetime, beginning on the date of the donor’s 65th birthday or thereafter.

Donor Funds

Senior Fund
This fund helps the Center of Concern in developing and implementing programs and services for Senior Citizens as they address challenges related to aging.
Housing Fund
This fund helps the Center of Concern seek, find, and maintain housing so that individuals and their families can avoid homelessness and find safe, clean, and reliable housing.
"Heart of Caring" Fund
This is a general fund that supports the greatest needs of the Center of Concern, as determined by its Board of Directors.
Donor Designated Endowed Restricted Fund
This fund allows for the creation of a separate, named endowment fund, specifically restricted to the purpose of supporting a need of the donor’s choosing. Contributions may be added to the fund on an ongoing basis or a onetime gift.

Giving Fund

Honor Wall Societies

Dee Heinrich Society
Gifts of $250,000 and above.
Mary and Jim Schurder Society
Gifts of $100,000 and above.
1978 Founders Society
Gifts of $50,000 and above.
Cornerstone Society
Gifts of $10,000 and above.
Always There Society
5 years of consecutive giving or 10 years of cumulative giving.
Secure the Future Society
Commitments of support with wills, estates, or any future gift to the center of concern.