Your Guide to Charitable Giving

Can I Make a Gift?

A blind man and child smile for the camera.YES! And we hope that you will consider the National Federation of the Blind in your estate planning. All you have to do is to place the following language in your will:

"I give, devise, and bequeath unto the National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, a gift in the form of _____ to be used for its worthy purposes on behalf of blind persons."

If you would like to let us know that you have made a gift to the National Federation of the Blind in your will, you may send a personal note indicating the nature of your gift to the address above. Or, you may complete the template planned gift form we have created and mail it to the above address.

Planned Giving Template Letter of Commitment

The Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society

Upon receipt of your personal letter or the Planned Giving Template Letter of Commitment, you will be inducted into the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society. The JtB Legacy Society honors friends of the National Federation of the Blind who are helping build a future full of opportunities for the blind through their commitment of a legacy gift to the organization.

Benefits of membership in the JtB Legacy Society include:

  • Special recognition in NFB publications
  • A specially designed and personalized "thank you" gift
  • A copy of all NFB publications
  • The satisfaction of contributing to the future success of the NFB mission

For more information on the Jacobus tenBroek Legacy Society, please contact:

Office of Outreach Programs
National Federation of the Blind
200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2422
[email protected]

What is a Charitable Gift Annuity?

A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) is a contract under which a charity, in return for a transfer of cash, marketable securities, or other property, agrees to pay a fixed sum of money to the donor (annuitant) for a period measured by one or two lives. These payments are fixed and unchanged for the term of the contract.

Types of Charitable Gift Annuities

Immediate Gift Annuity - The annuitant starts receiving payments at the end of the payment period immediately following the gift.

Deferred Gift Annuity - The annuitant starts receiving payments at a future time. The date chosen by the donor must be more than one year after the date of the contribution.

Types of Agreements

Single Life Agreement - Pays only one person for his or her lifetime.

Two Lives in Succession Agreement ' Pays person "A" first. If person "B" survives person "A," then agreement pays person "B."

Joint Survivor Agreement - Pays two persons simultaneously.

National Federation of the Blind Gift Annuity Program

Annuitant(s) must be 65 years or older
Minimum amount of Gift Annuity Agreement - $25,000

Your Will & Charitable Interests

About Your Will

Perhaps the most important document to you and your loved ones is your will. This document provides for a clear and specific understanding as to how you want to provide for your loved ones and how to transfer your assets.

The Four "P's" of Estate Planning

A wonderful way to organize your plan and save costs:

People: List the people and charitable organizations that are important to you and how you want to provide for them.

Properties: List the properties that comprise your estate. Include cash, securities, real estate, life insurance, retirement plan, etc.

Plan: Design a plan for your family and charitable interests. Consult your attorney to draw the perfect plan.

Planners: Consult professionals who will help you put your plan in proper legal form. Your attorney, Investment Advisor, Trust Officer, and the National Federation of the Blind Planned Giving officer.

Giving through Your Will

Blind boy digs on the beach with his cane.Over the years you have provided to the National Federation of the Blind, and for that we thank you. Please consider your continued support to our mission by making a gift through your will.

How can I give through my will?

  • Designate a percentage of your estate to the NFB.
  • Designate a specific amount to the NFB.
  • Designate the remainder of your estate to the NFB, after providing for your loved ones.
  • Include a gift in your will to the NFB that will provide a life income for your loved ones.

Income-Generating Gifts

Income generating gifts allow the donor to make a gift of cash or other property in trust now and receive income for life. Among these income-generating gifts are Charitable Remainder Trusts and Charitable Lead Trusts.

The Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT)

One of the most popular forms of income-generating gifts. A Charitable Remainder Trust is an irrevocable trust that benefits the donor or other individuals named by the donor for a term of years or a lifetime. Upon termination, the remaining assets pass on to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

Facts about A Charitable Remainder Trust

  • It must be an irrevocable trust.
  • It must provide for amendment to conform with IRS Code and Treasury regulations.
  • It must provide for a specific distribution, at least annually, to one or more beneficiaries, at least one of which is not a charity.
  • It must continue for a period of time measured by a life (or lives), a specific number of years (not more than 20), or a combination of both.

A blind girl looks at a model of a space shuttle during the 2004 Science Academy.Types of Charitable Remainder Trusts

          • Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) ' Income payment to the donor is structured as a fixed percentage (%) of the annual fair market value of the trust. Additions to the trust are allowed.
          • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT) ' Income payment is structured as a fixed percentage (%) of the initial fair market value of the trust. Additions to the trust are not allowed.

Charitable Lead Trust (CLT)

A Charitable Lead Trust is the opposite of the Charitable Remainder Trust. The CLT pays an income to the National Federation of the Blind and distributes the remainder to the beneficiaries.

Facts about A Charitable Lead Trust:

  • It is a transfer of guaranteed income interest to the National Federation of the Blind.
  • It provides for a guaranteed, specific distribution at least annually to the National Federation of the Blind.
  • It continues the distribution for a term measured by an ascertainable life or lives, a specific number of years, or a combination of both.
  • It distributes the trust property at the end of the term to the beneficiaries.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Gifts of life insurance can be a valuable part of any charitable giving plan. It is an attractive gift to donors because it allows the donors to ensure that the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) will receive a death benefit that is larger than any gift they could make during life.

Ways To Make a Gift of Life Insurance To a CharityTwo elderly blind people pose for a picture while riding on a boat.

  1. Transfer of a current policy - Donor could transfer ownership rights to the NFB when:
    • A policy is no longer critical
    • A policy is no longer needed for its original purpose
    • A policy does not produce income
  2. Purchase a new policy - Donor may create a new life insurance policy with the NFB as beneficiary.
  3. Life insurance policy with cash value can be reduced to cash - The donor may then contribute the cash value in exchange for a Charitable Gift Annuity or Charitable Remainder Trust.

Please Note:

  • The transfer of an existing policy must be made through the issuing life insurance company.
  • To transfer the interest, the donor must complete the forms provided by the life insurance company.
  • A life insurance gift is considered complete on the date the ownership rights are transferred to the National Federation of the Blind.

Plan the Timing of Your Gift

Note: Making a charitable gift can be one of the most enjoyable experiences in life. Here are some points to consider before you make your gift to the National Federation of the Blind.

  • Will my gift serve to advance the mission of the NFB?
  • Am I giving the most appropriate asset?
  • Have I selected the best way to make my gift?
  • Have I considered the tax consequences of my gift?
  • Have I sought counsel from a competent advisor?
  • Have I talked to the Planned Giving officer about my gift?

Donors can expect some or all of the following benefits by making a gift to the NFB:

  • Helping the NFB fulfill its mission
  • Income tax savings through a charitable deduction
  • Capital gain tax savings on contribution of certain appreciated gifts
  • Retained payments for the life of a donor and/or other beneficiaries
  • Elimination of federal estate tax in certain situations
  • Reduced estate settlement cost

A blind man smiling.Your Gift Will...

  • Make science and math a real possibility for blind children
  • Provide hope for seniors losing their vision
  • Help state affiliates and local chapters promote programs and provide information that will educate the blind
  • Advance development of blindness-related technology
  • Create a state-of-the-art library on blindness
  • Train and inspire professionals working with the blind
  • Provide parents with critical information helpful to their blind children
  • Mentor blind people trying to find jobs
  • Guarantee that you are part of the NFB dream!

To download printable PDF brochures, please click the following links:

Charitable Gift Annunities Brochure
Gifts of Life Insurance Brochure
Income Generating Gifts Brochure
Step Down Inserts
Will & Charitable Interests Brochure

For more information, please contact:

Patti S. Gregory-Chang Esq.
Director of Outreach
National Federation of the Blind
200 E. Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2422
[email protected]