Gift Annuity Disclosure Statement

Description of a Gift Annuity

A gift annuity is a simple contract between a donor ("Donor" or "Donors") and Temple University — Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education ("Temple"). In exchange for the Donor's(s') contribution, Temple promises to make fixed payments for life to one or two annuitants (usually, but not necessarily, the donor/s). The amount paid is based on the age(s) of the annuitant(s), in accordance with Temple's rate schedule.

Not a Commercial Investment

The act of establishing a gift annuity with Temple is not, and should not be viewed as, an investment. Rather, it is a way to receive annuity payments by making a charitable donation. A gift annuity issued by Temple is different from a commercial annuity. While both types of annuities make payments that are usually partially tax-free, the charitable donation aspect of establishing a gift annuity may result in additional tax benefits that are not available when purchasing a commercial annuity. These tax benefits include a current federal income tax charitable deduction (if you itemize your deductions), a reduction of capital gains taxes if you fund your gift annuity with appreciated securities, and possible future estate tax savings.

Points to Remember

Gift Annuity Rates

Generally, the gift annuity rates paid by Temple are those suggested by the American Council on Gift Annuities, which is a national organization of charities that has been in existence since 1927. These rates have been calculated so as to provide attractive payments to the donor(s) and/or other annuitant(s) and also to result in a significant portion of the contribution remaining for the charity. Because a charitable gift is involved, the rates are lower than those available through commercial annuities offered by insurance companies and other financial institutions.

Assets Backing Annuity

The annuity payments are a general obligation of Temple, and they are backed by all of our assets (subject to security interests). As of June 30, 2018 the market value of our total invested funds exceeded more than $642,000,000, and they are invested in stocks, bonds and other obligations. Temple maintains a gift annuity reserve fund valued at more than $6,000,000. Assets received by Temple for gift annuities are managed by State Street Global Advisors, in a conservative and disciplined manner.


Temple was established in Pennsylvania in 1884 and is governed by Board of Trustees, comprised of 35 members, who are both elected and appointed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Common investment funds managed by Temple are exempt from registration requirements of the federal securities laws, pursuant to the exemption for collective investment funds and similar funds maintained by charitable organizations under the Philanthropy Protection Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-62). Information in this statement is provided to you in accordance with the requirements of that Act.

For More Information

This disclosure statement is intended to provide basic information regarding the gift annuities issued by Temple, and is not intended to serve as legal advice. We encourage you to consult with your own legal and/or financial advisor about the applicability of such a gift in your own situation. If you have additional questions concerning Temple's gift annuity program, please call or write Tom Yates, Executive Director of Gift Planning, (215) 926-2545 or

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Temple University 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 give to Temple University, a nonprofit corporation currently located at TASB-3rd Floor; 1852 North 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19122, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

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 Temple University 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 Temple University 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 Temple University 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 Temple University where you agree to make a gift to Temple University 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.

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