- Planned Giving
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What is planned giving?
Planned giving enables donors to support Florida International University, either during their lifetimes or at death, as part of their overall financial or estate planning. While some planned gifts provide a lifelong income to the donor and/or loved ones, others use estate- and tax-planning techniques to provide for charity and other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on the donor's estate. This type of charitable giving can be very attractive to both donor and charity, whether a donor uses cash, appreciated securities, real estate, artwork, partnership interests, personal property, life insurance, a retirement plan, etc.
- 2. Why planned giving?
Planned giving is a smart, structured way to make a gift to FIU in a way that best works for you. Through many different planned giving options, you can support FIU's mission—while establishing a legacy, becoming an integral and active part of the FIU community, and making more possible for your school, for programs, and for the next generations of students. Planned gifts also give back; they can provide income for you and your loved ones for life. They allow you to take sizeable income- , gift- , and estate-tax deductions and provide favorable capital-gain tax treatment. Planned gifts allow you to leave a legacy that fits your philanthropic goals.
- 3. Why should I tell you I’ve made a planned gift to FIU?
If you have included FIU in your estate plan, please let us know so we can thank you and recognize you for your gift. We will also be able to work with you in creating a gift agreement that outlines exactly how you wish your gift to be used.
- 4. What happens when I tell you I’ve made a gift?
Once you’ve notified our office that you’ve made a gift to the FIU Foundation, you will become a permanent member of the Legacy for Learning Society—which recognizes those individuals who have made an investment of their legacies in FIU’s mission.
- 5. What kinds of gifts can I give to FIU?
During your lifetime, you can make an outright gift of cash, securities, or other property (e.g., real estate, personal property). You also have the option of making a gift that returns lifetime payments to you, your spouse, or other individuals. These life-income gifts include charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder unitrusts. You may also include a provision in your will establishing these gifts for the initial benefit of a loved one and the ultimate benefit of FIU. You can make a gift through your will, revocable trust, or a distribution from a retirement plan or life insurance policy.
- 6. What is the best way to give to FIU?
There is no “best way.” Rather, there are many, many ways to give. You can write a check or use a credit card or transfer stock, bonds, retirement-plan assets, or real estate. You can make a gift in your will or designate us as the beneficiary of an IRA. If you’d like our help exploring gift opportunities, simply contact us.
- 7. How does a gift in my will work?
A gift in your will—a charitable bequest—lets you make a gift now that is realized sometime in the future. Simply designate in your will that FIU receives a specific amount or certain property at your death. If you already have a will, your attorney can easily amend it through a codicil. Since a bequest gift is not completed today, you have the opportunity to change the gift arrangement if your needs or goals change. For many of our supporters, a charitable bequest is an ideal way to make a meaningful gift.
- 8. What is a charitable gift annuity? Why are they so popular?
A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement in which the charity, such as the FIU Foundation, agrees to pay one or two annuitants, chosen by the donor, a fixed sum each year for life in exchange for the donor's gift of cash or marketable securities with a value of at least $20,000. Because charitable gift annuities are the simplest of life-income agreements, they have become the most popular.
- 9. I've heard that making gifts of IRA assets to charity is advantageous. Why?
Qualified retirement plans such as IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), and Keoghs allow individuals to defer paying taxes on a portion of their income until the assets are withdrawn during retirement years. However, after a person's death, these accounts are exposed to income and in some cases estate taxes at a combined rate that could rise to 75% or even higher on large taxable estates. A way to avoid both income and estate tax on your retirement plan is to give those assets to a charity. By designating the FIU Foundation as your beneficiary, you will ensure whatever portion of the value of your account designated for FIU benefits FIU.
- 10. How can I find out more about making a gift of stock or including the FIU Foundation in my estate plan?
Simply contact us and we will be happy to talk to you about gift opportunities.
- 11. I'd like to donate a coin collection, rare manuscripts, or a painting. Will you determine the value of my gift for my income-tax deduction?
The IRS requires that donors of artwork and collectibles secure an independent appraisal of the items in order to establish fair-market value. The appraisal has to be related to the gift—an insurance appraisal won't suffice. We can help.
- 12. I’d like to make a gift, but I don’t know if I can make a gift now...
Whatever your philanthropic goals, planning now is the right thing to do. But planning now does not mean you have to give now. Some of the most meaningful and rewarding gifts are those that can be planned today and completed later. Ask us for more information.
- 13. What tax deduction will I receive for my gift?
It depends on the gift:
- 14. What is meant by the term "tax-benefit"?
The Internal Revenue Code allows individuals who itemize their deductions to claim a deduction for gifts to charity. Tax benefits are generally the cash savings generated by such deductions. In other words, the tax benefit is the cash you save by reducing your taxable income and thereby decreasing your income-tax liability.
- 15. What is the FIU Foundation’s legal name?
Legal Name: Florida International University Foundation
- 16. What is the Tax ID Number for the FIU Foundation?
Tax ID Number: 23-704-7106
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