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Charitable Gift Annuities

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Q: How much income will I receive from a charitable gift annuity?

A. It depends on your age and the original gift amount. Each year (or quarter) you’ll receive a percentage of your original gift.

The older you are when you begin a gift annuity, the higher the percentage — and the bigger the payment.

For example, if you’re a single 70-year-old, you’ll receive a payment rate of 5.1% of your gift for the rest of your life. The rate for a single 80-year-old is currently 6.8%. Barnabas Foundation follows the recommended rates set by the American Council on Gift Annuities.

To estimate income and tax deductions unique to your situation, use the calculators on

Q: When will my annuity payments begin?

A. You can begin payments right away, or schedule your payments for a future retirement date. The longer you defer payments, the higher those eventual payments will be.

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