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Higher Gift Annuity Rates

Increase your retirement income and shape Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's future with a gift annuity. Good news: Gift annuity rates are now the highest they've been in years.

How It Works

With a gift annuity, you make a donation using cash, marketable securities, or other assets, and we, in turn, pay you a fixed amount for life. With this gift you can boost your retirement income and feel secure because you receive reliable, predictable payments for as long as you live.

It's a great time to contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800-688-1827 or plannedgiving@mskcc.org for a personalized illustration at no obligation.

Here's an Example

Barbara, 72, transfers $20,000 in exchange for a gift annuity.

With the old rates: Barbara received annual payments of $1,080, a rate of 5.4 percent.

With the new rates: Barbara receives annual payments of $1,160, a rate of 5.8 percent. This is a payout rate increase of approximately 7.4 percent.

New Rate Charts (effective July 1, 2018)
One Recipient Two Recipients
Age Rate Ages Rate
90+ 9.5% 90/95+ 9.3%
85 8.3% 85/90 8.0%
80 7.3% 80/85 6.6%
75 6.2% 75/80 5.7%
70 5.6% 75/75 5.5%
65 5.1% 70/75 5.2%
$20,000 minimum gift

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Additional Benefits

Beyond increasing your retirement income as you help shape MSK's future, gift annuities offer you tax benefits, including:

  • A partial income tax charitable deduction for your gift when you itemize.
  • Part of each payment is income tax-free throughout your estimated life expectancy.

Tip: Consider Giving Appreciated Assets

Funding a gift annuity with appreciated assets, such as securities, will not only provide you with reliable payments for life and allow you to support MSK's work, but it can offer financial benefits. You will receive a federal income tax charitable deduction if you itemize in the year the gift is made and eliminate part of the capital gains tax you would have paid if selling the securities.

Request Your Personalized Illustration

We would be happy to send you a free, no-obligation illustration showing you the increased benefits you can receive from a gift annuity. Contact the Office of Planned Giving at 800-688-1827 or plannedgiving@mskcc.org.

Annuities are subject to regulation by the State of California. Payments under such agreements, however, are not protected or otherwise guaranteed by any government agency or the California Life and Health Insurance Guarantee Association. A charitable gift annuity is not regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department and is not protected by a guaranty association affiliated with the Oklahoma Insurance Department.Charitable gift annuities are not regulated by and are not under the jurisdiction of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

An individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust, or retirement plan.

I bequeath to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a New York nonprofit corporation having a principal place of business at 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065, Federal Tax ID #13-1924236, ____percent of my total estate (or $_____, or other property) to be used or disposed of as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in its sole discretion deems appropriate.

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor-advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to MSK or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate, or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property, or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSK as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to MSK as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and MSK where you agree to make a gift to MSK and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

A tax imposed at one's death on the transfer of most types of property. Currently federal estate taxes are assessed in 2019 on estates worth more than $11.2 million. The maximum estate tax rate is 40 percent. Some states also impose taxes at death that vary depending on state law.

A written legal instrument created by a grantor for the benefit of him/herself (during life) or others (during life or at death).

A revocable trust established by a grantor during his or her lifetime in which the grantor transfers some or all of his or her property into the trust.

Equity or debt instruments, typically shares listed on a stock exchange, which can be readily bought or sold.